The Project

The Project

  • The local Como Community Center organization is partnering with two other organizations in a joint framework to carry out project activities: acquisition, division of the building portions, rehabilitation and operation.

  • The Como Community Center facility comprises the front interior portion of the building, with its auditorium, stage area, intermission lounge, and auxiliary spaces. This space is now owned by the Como Community Center nonprofit organization (November 2022). Building contractors have begun restoration work on the front CCC auditorium, for upgrades to building systems. The auditorium facility will be operated by the Como Community Center nonprofit organization.

  • The rear interior portion of the building is rental residential units, under separate ownership and management by Urban Canopies. Operation here began in October 2022.

  • The Como Community Center group is being assisted with financing and project management by the Saving Sacred Spaces nonprofit, which has experience in successfully rehabilitating Twin Cities historic church buildings for new community uses.

  • Architectural design services for Como Community Center's front building interior portion are being provided by the noted architecture firm of MacDonald & Mack. Their preservation-adaptation work on many public buildings, churches and residences around Minnesota and the Midwest has won numerous awards.

  • The building grounds are planned to be a community garden, along with historical interpretation signage and exhibits about this significant Como landmark and the women and men associated with it.