1. The completion of the Randy Lane Plumbing project!

     


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    Owner Susan Friedman tells us how the rehabbed facade has brought new life to North Minneapolis’s iconic Friedmans Department Store.

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    We sat down with Chicago Avenue Fire Art Center's Heather Doyle to discuss their work on West Broadway and then checked out the fabrication process.

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    CAFAC has worked on two West Broadway Great Streets projects to date: Dr. Watson Chiropractic and Randy Lane Plumbing. Their durable metal art guarantees a long lasting facade improvement.

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    Fabrication of Randy Lane Plumbing’s intricate awning will take about two weeks and then be installed onto the facade.

     

  4. Mohammed Tabet’s building at Penn and Broadway is tantamount to how the Great Streets program preserves historic structures. Further decline of the property would have made restoration too costly. Instead this building stands proud, looking toward another 100 years at North Minneapolis’s five points.

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  5. Dimensions in Hair has seen an influx of new customers since upgrading its facade. Signage in front and above the side entrance improved the look of the building while increasing foot traffic.

     


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    The 4th Street Saloon manager, Mike Oker, tells the history of the West Broadway bar and how the Great Streets program and the Northside Arts Collective have enhanced this gateway facade. 

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  7. Dr. L.A. Otieno Dentistry was one of the earliest Great Streets facade improvements. The intricate metal work featuring the moon, sun and a tree of life has stood as an example to its neighboring businesses as a way to incorporate artistic elements into a facade project. 

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    As the Great Streets program ends its fifth year, the quality craftsmanship of this and other facade improvements show a path toward a revitalized West Broadway.

     

  8. Even as winter approaches, work on the former Butter Roll Bakery continues. Some setbacks have pushed the completion of facade improvements to next spring.

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    After sandblasting was completed on the exterior, contractors found that the mortar was in worse condition than foreseen.  Tuckpointing will likely take three times longer than originally planned.  

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    Owner Charmaine Wahlstrom still anticipates interior work to proceed quickly. The two large upstairs apartments will be occupied for the first time in more than 30 years.

     


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    Dimensions in Hair’s Mike Spicer talks about his history on West Broadway, how the Great Streets program helped his business and where he might just retire.

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    Watson Chiropractic's new signage, windows and awnings spruce up a once forgettable brick building just east of Penn and Broadway. Dr. Tara Watson is in the process of renovating the neighboring space that will hold an Anytime Fitness, the first full-service gym in North Minneapolis.

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    Listen to the interview above to hear her insights on the City of Minneapolis and West Broadway Coalition’s Great Streets Facade Improvement Program.

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  11. The former Butter Roll Bakery is officially turning a page on its storied history. With its famed sign down, tuckpointing was in progress throughout Thanksgiving week. 

     

  12. Catalyst Community Partner’s Five Points building and PCYC’s Capri Theater renovations have received many accolades, but a number of small scale projects have brought significant change to the Penn and Broadway intersection as well.


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    The entire stretch from the Hollywood Dance Studio to the soon-to-be  Anytime Fitness have had major facade upgrades. Prior to the Great Streets program most of this corner was vacant. 

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    Despite damage to a few of these building during the 2011 tornado, including the loss of the historic Broadway Liquor Outlet building across the street, this vital North Minneapolis intersection has seen dilapidated storefronts renewed by committed business owners like Dr. Watson’s Chriopractic, Dr. Otieno Dentistry and the Hollywood School of Dance. No single stretch of West Broadway has seen more positive change, despite a difficult market and a devastating tornado.

     

  13. This commercial building has been vacant for much of the past few years. Today it’s being rehabbed for the American Legion Johnnie Baker Post 291. The exterior has had major demo work and new windows installed with forthcoming signage and awnings.

     

  14. The 4th Street Saloon rehab is taking shape. The west facing wall has been completely painted. Meanwhile the brick mason has been finishing up tuckpointing on the facade. With windows already installed, the project looks to be finished before winter. 

     

  15. JXTA is in the process of a six-year campus expansion that will include most of the properties from 1100-1108 West Broadway. The current phase has seen them open the 1108 space to visual art programing and artist co-op spaces. The Great Streets program helped JXTA fund demo work for the large windows and door that now look out onto Broadway, and the mural done by their artists and students. The mural brings life to this previously dull facade.

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    The small white building to the left will be rehabbed by Urban Homeworks over the coming months with a complete overhaul.