Our section of Lake Street, Cedar Ave, and 35th Street have more vacancies than viable businesses these days. That’s why CNO is organizing residents to help recruit new retailers to fill those vacancies with support from Katya Pilling, a local expert in small business recruitment and support. This new working group will meet at 6:00pm on Thursday, May 1 at the CNO office, 3451 Cedar Ave S to kick off the work. The group will continue to meet at 6:00pm on the first Thursday of each month at CNO, as part of Corcoran’s monthly Land Use & Housing committee meeting. Please join us! In the meantime, CNO staff have been door-knocking and talking to neighbors about what new retailers they’d like to see in the neighborhood.
Consultant Katya Pilling is a seasoned community development professional with experience as funder, community developer, and general contractor with housing and commercial real estate development throughout the Twin Cities. Katya launched her career after graduating from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Katya is adept at working with community organizations on commercial and housing development project implementation and funding.
The new CNO initiative is made possible by a new 2-year, $75,000 grant from The McKnight Foundation.