U.S. Bank makes $2.1 million investment in new CLUES headquarters

October 10, 2018 | GET MORE : Social Responsibility

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Construction is underway on the project. 

U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC), a subsidiary of U.S. Bank, provided $2.1 million of federal New Markets Tax Credit equity for the headquarters expansion of Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES).

CLUES broke ground Aug. 1 on the expansion to double the size of its headquarters building on the east side of St. Paul.

“CLUES is vital to the well-being of the Hispanic community in the Twin Cities, and we are excited to bring our resources to this important expansion of its services,” Tom Oldenburg, vice president of USBCDC, said.

CLUES leaders held a ceremony along with St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announcing the launch of construction on the 19,000-square-foot expansion, which together with the current headquarters, will become an iconic Latino Cultural Hub and Community Center helping to expand and serve as a cornerstone of the growing Latino Cultural Corridor already underway on the east side.

As Minnesota’s largest Latino-led nonprofit agency, CLUES is positioned to serve Minnesota’s growing Latino population, which is expected to reach half a million by 2035 – more than 8.5 percent of the state’s total population. Today, CLUES and the Mexican Consulate (housed at CLUES’ headquarters) bring more than 35,000 people to the neighborhood, helping to expand economic and business development in the neighborhood.

“This is an exciting day for our organization and our community,” said Ruby Lee, CLUES President and CEO. “We are proud to be a destination point for the East Side of St. Paul. Our vibrant Latino culture is an asset that will help expand investment and entrepreneurship on the lower East Side of St. Paul. Our expansion will result into 39,000 sq. ft. of space where individuals and families of all ages and from all walks of life can build relationships, access resources and build community, all under one roof.”

The expansion will include a new home for CLUES’ Elder Day Program, which currently occupies a leased space in St. Paul’s West Side, as well as other exciting new features including:

  • A Teen Tech Center facilitating learning in coding, music recording and film production
  • A Commercial Teaching Kitchen promoting healthy eating and microbusiness development
  • Six New Classrooms for workforce skills/career trainings ESL, GED, citizenship and computer classes 
  • Flexible Meeting Space with a capacity of 140 for client and community gatherings

A grand opening is expected to take place in May 2019. 

The $7.5 million Capital Expansion has been supported by a variety of generous corporate and private donors, including 3M Foundation, Hugh J. Andersen Foundation, Katherine B. Andersen Fund, Best Buy Foundation, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, Otto Bremer Foundation, Butler Family Foundation, Chiasson Family Foundation, City of Saint Paul Neighborhood STAR, Hardenbergh Foundation, LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation), Mardag Foundation, MN Leadership Council, Securian Foundation, St. Paul Foundation, Super Bowl 52 Host Committee Legacy Fund, Target Foundation, Travelers Foundation, Wells Fargo and generous individual donors.