National nonprofit Be The Match broke ground today on a new seven-story headquarters that will go up on the block now home to Shapco Printing at 500 5th St. N.
When the 240,000-square-foot building opens in late 2015 it will house 900 employees, shifted mostly from space currently leased in two different office buildings in Northeast Minneapolis.
As part of the project an 11,000-square-foot entry plaza will be created for outdoor events, adding significant green space to a neighborhood in the middle of a striking, transformative redevelopment. Within two blocks there are two trendy new apartment buildings – Junction Flats and District 600 – scheduled to open by the end of the year, along with the $80 million Target Field Station, which debuted last month.
An aerial rendering showing the entry plaza
Also, directly across Fifth Street from the new Be The Match headquarters, United Properties has preliminary plans for a large development that would include a 161-room hotel, commercial office space and retail.
Speakers at the groundbreaking repeatedly lauded the neighborhood for its transformation from one of the seedier parts of town into “flat-out, the coolest neighborhood in Minneapolis,” as Twins President Dave St. Peter put it.
“We wanted to go to where the teenagers of today will want to live, work and play,” added Be The Match CEO Dr. Jeffrey Chell.
Be The Match manages the world’s largest registry of potential marrow donors and cord blood units, and helps connect patients to their donor match for marrow or umbilical cord blood transplants. To learn about becoming a donor visit bit.ly/bethematchdonor.
Above: Be The Match CEO Dr. Jeffrey Chell