Lincoln Park Receives Development Grant
DULUTH, MN. (KBJR 6) — Nearly $850,000 is being provided to the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth to address economic, educational and health disparities in the community.
Lincoln Park nonprofit Ecolibrium3 received the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) grant.
“The work we do is meant to benefit the residents of this neighborhood, and this is really our greatest opportunity to bring those resources to the residents of our neighborhood,” said Eco3 CEO Jodi Slick.
The first of three projects the grant will address is the lack of food sources in the area.
The current Eco3 space will be transformed into a small grocery store.
“I came to this neighborhood because we needed representation, we needed money, we needed help with health disparities, we needed jobs, we needed premium products. necessity, of food, for our families and our communities who live in this neighborhood,” Councilwoman Renee Van said. Nett, whose neighborhood represents Lincoln Park.
Another project will focus on developing the Lincoln Park Community Center to include a community computer lab, workforce resource center and offices.
“The Lincoln Park Community Center has been an underutilized space for many years,” said Jill Keppers, executive director of the Duluth Housing and Redevelopment Authority. “This building will finally be used to its full potential.”
The final project includes doubling the size of the Duluth Children’s Museum and expanding it to the second floor of the building by creating a STEM and CreateSpace lab focused on expanding educational opportunities for local children.
While Eco3 leads the project, several other community organizations partner with them.
“The reason this project is so important to my heart and to the values of Family Rise Together is because it speaks to the true nature of collaboration, our community needs collaboration,” said ChaQuana McIntyre, Founder of Family. Rise Together.
Executives said they hope most of the project will be completed in the spring or summer of 2023.
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