Central Ave NE. Bordering Northeast Minneapolis’ Art District, a neighbor to St. Anthony Main, and home to delicious ethnic restaurants such as Holy Land, Sen Yai Sen Lek, El Taco Riendo, Adelita’s Mexican Restaurant and numerous bakeries and cafes (Diamonds Coffee Shoppee, a personal favorite), Central Ave is capturing more and more investment attention.
Most metro residents and RE professionals are aware, once a working-class neighborhood “Nordeast” has recently seen an influx of young professionals and artists. The demographic shift combined with revitalization efforts, has resulted in a resurgence of both commercial space and a thriving artistic community.
In considering commercial development on Central, traffic counts are attractive ranging between 18,000-20,000 vehicles per day. The City recently renovated the local library, and is currently rehabbing Central Avenue’s median. Several Northeast agencies are also combining forces to install artwork along this important corridor.
Following these and other like initiatives and perhaps following the influx of new blood in the Northeast community, there are some very exciting new development projects including the redevelopment of blighted buildings and luxury-slash-low income artist live work spaces. From for-profit neighborhood cooperatives, to commercial developers, to non-profits, investors are working on an array of projects ultimately enhancing and maybe even redefining the corridor.
One such active investment group includes the Northeast Investment Cooperative (NEIC), a for-profit coop working to convert vacant spaces into neighborhood businesses. The cooperative, made up of neighboring residents, aims to collectively buy, rehab and manage commercial space along Central. Its members are also considering working to serve an “incubator for small businesses” to help small business along the corridor succeed.