Minnesota Shubert Center breaks ground, creating jobs with Recovery funding

Thanks in part to Recovery Act funding, the Minnesota Shubert Center broke ground Nov. 19 at Hennepin Avenue and 6th Street in downtown Minneapolis. The new Shubert Center is scheduled to open in spring 2011 and will create a 500 seat theater and other facilities that will turn the historic building into a new flagship center for dance in Minnesota.

The City of Minneapolis contributed $2 million in American Recovery & Reinvestment Act funds toward the project, which allowed construction to begin after years of fundraising. The project creates about 100 construction jobs and will create 48 permanent, full-time jobs.

The work consists of the rehabilitation of the Shubert Theater, improvements to the Hennepin Center for the Arts building, and construction of a great hall between the two buildings. In addition to the main theater, the facility will create space for 40 nonprofit organizations to work, teach, rehearse, audition, and perform.

As part of the federal Recovery Act, the City of Minneapolis received $3,609,047 in Community Development Block Grant Recovery funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Shubert Center, one of nine projects funded, received $2 million of that funding.

The Minnesota Shubert Center is being developed by Artspace Projects, the nations leading developer for the arts. For more information, visit the Minnesota Shubert Center website .

Published Nov. 19, 2009