At EMERGE, along with a commitment to assist individuals facing significant obstacles, we are committed to creating broader, systemic change at the community level. EMERGE promotes economic justice for citizens of North Minneapolis by investing in community development projects. We are passionate about contributing to the revival of the West Broadway corridor and the broader North Minneapolis community
EMERGE Career and Technology Center
In March of 2015, the EMERGE Career & Technology Center opened to the public. The ECTC is housed in the historic North Branch Library at 1834 Emerson Avenue North, just across from our headquarters on West Broadway Avenue. Opened to the public in 1894, the facility was Minneapolis’ first branch library and is believed to be the first open-shelf library in the country, where patrons were free to choose books directly from the shelves.
A rare institutional example of Chateauesque style, the beloved mini-castle served the community until its closure in 1979, when it was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. After closing as a library, the building housed an art and dance program, a karate club, and various industrial and storage uses.
More than the restoration of an historic building, this project exemplifies our mission to create economic opportunities in our communities.
Read more about the EMERGE Career and Technology Center Renovation
Several years ago, we acted as a co-developer of a long abandoned, blighted property at 1101 West Broadway in North Minneapolis. We partnered with the Ackerberg Group and City County Federal Credit Union to restore the property for commercial use. Today, the facility is the home of the EMERGE headquarters.
In 2007, EMERGE completed a co-development of Camden Apartments, a 23-unit supportive housing project on Lyndale Avenue North, in North Minneapolis. A partnership with Project for Pride in Living (PPL), the housing program targets homeless custodial fathers and their families.