The Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) was founded in 2006 to shed light on underserved entrepreneurs in north Minneapolis and surrounding communities. NEON stood as one of six organizations in the Twin Cities to provide entrepreneur training to build and support a diverse, multi-cultural community of entrepreneurs that would expand the growth and wealth of north Minneapolis.
Fast forward to almost two decades later, NEON launched its Grow & Thrive Northside campaign. The campaign propelled the efforts to expand their organizational capacity, with goals to increase staff and support business growth, secure a facility for an accessible co-working space, and to build the NEON Food Business Incubator. The NEON Food Business Incubator will provide a secure and affordable space for food entrepreneurship that will ultimately create lasting careers and future wealth for minority and women-owned businesses.
Mortenson has partnered with Tri-Construction to support the preconstruction and construction phase of the NEON – Collective Kitchen & Food Business Incubator project. This project will consist of thirteen kitchens:
- One commissary kitchen (available for multi-tenant use)
- Three large kitchens (available for multi-tenant use)
- Five individual retail kitchens
- Four individual catering kitchens
All kitchens will allow for small business tenants to prepare and cook food for various tasks, such as catering, food truck preparation, pick-up orders, and delivery needs.
A classroom space on the second floor will provide educational cooking classes for both business entrepreneurs and the community. A two-story lobby space will allow the public to access the building and enjoy the various retail kitchen offerings via a kiosk ordering system. The building will also partner with local artists to incorporate murals inside and outside of the building. This project will provide a physical place where entrepreneurs can start their food businesses, grow into their own space, and help shape the wealth of North Minneapolis.
Facts And Figures
22,000 Square Feet
Est. Completion Date: November 2024