Elliot Park welcomes new business, FINNEGANS House, to the neighborhood. Photo by Ethan Krohn.
New social spaces hope to draw new leaders to Elliot Park community
Down the street from North Central, between Portland Ave. and 5th Ave., FINNEGANS Microbrewery and Kraus-Anderson Construction is continuing work on what has been nicknamed “the brewtel.”
The FINNEGANS House will become the new headquarters for FINNEGANS, a brewery company. Along with the Finnegan’s headquarters, the complex will have a 17-story apartment building, a park, a seven-story boutique hotel and the new FINNEGANS microbrewery, according to The Growler Magazine.
FINNEGANS was founded with community in mind “Jacquie [Berglund, CEO and Co-Founder of FINNEGANS] had a vision to create not just a brewery, but an ecosystem of businesses where the sum is greater than its parts both in impact in our community and in experience for guests visiting,” said Tricia Nelson, head of sales development and community relations at FINNEGANS.
In their pursuit of building a community space for leaders, FINNEGANS is including a co-working space, dubbed the FINNovation Lab, in their new space. As well as partnering with Impact Hub MSP, an international network of community co-working and social incubator spaces, to help accomplish this dream. “The Impact Hub brings a global network, and is an established community of entrepreneurs, activists, creatives and professionals to take collaborative action and drive positive change in MSP and beyond” Nelson said.
As FINNEGANS grows they hope to have a greater impact on the community they have been part of for nearly 20 years.
“Having said this, the project is deeply rooted in Elliot Park and we are most excited about working with neighbors, neighborhood businesses and organizations,” Nelson said. “One piece of this, in partnership with EPNI and Neighborhood Development Center, our goal is to grow and support new entrepreneurs within Elliot Park.”