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The $67 Million NorthPoint Campus Expansion

The $67 Million NorthPoint Campus Expansion 

One of the major initiatives arising from the series of retreats was support for the $67M campus expansion of NorthPoint Health & Wellness. The NorthPoint project had been on the planning desk for 8 years, with little movement. In 2015, AALF convened a meeting between Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins, Alfred BabingtonJohnson, Exec. Dir. of Stairstep Foundation, Senator Bobby Joe Champion, and Gary Cunningham, CEO of MEDA and former Hennepin County administrator. And, in November and December 2015, African American leaders testified before the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners; and, on December 8, 2015, the Hennepin County Board approved $67M funding for the NorthPoint Campus Expansion.

The campus expansion, under the leadership of AALF board member, Stella Whitney West, will allow NorthPoint, the largest health care provider in North Minneapolis, to continue to be a primary provider for the African American community

THOR Construction Corporate Offices

THOR Construction Corporate Offices 

The NorthPoint Campus Expansion had the domino effect of acting as the catalyst for the relocation of THOR Construction Company’s corporate offices kitty-corner from the NorthPoint Campus Expansion. THOR Construction is the largest African American owned business in Minnesota, and one of the top three African American owned construction companies in the United States. Under the leadership of THOR CEO, and AALF board member, Ravi Norman, THOR has broken ground on its $34 Million Corporate Offices. 

To make the THOR Corporate Office financially feasible, a public/private partnership was created with Target Corporation, Hennepin County and Metropolitan Economic Development Association (Meda). Target, Hennepin County, and Meda will all lease office and garage parking space in the building, making the project economically viable. 

Estes Funeral Chapel

The dominos continued to fall with the NorthPoint Campus Expansion, with the Estes Funeral Chapel’s relocation immediately adjacent to NorthPoint. Established in 1962, Estes is one of the oldest African American owned businesses in Minnesota. The City of Minneapolis agreed to convey its parcel on the southwest corner of Penn and Plymouth to Estes for $1.