The new Hennepin County South Minneapolis Human Service Center opened on May 15, 2017 at 2215 East Lake Street. The completion culminated nineteen months of construction and years of planning. The South Minneapolis Human Service Center is the sixth human service center in the County’s effort to decentralize services beyond downtown Minneapolis. Other county human service center locations include Brooklyn Center, Bloomington, Hopkins, North Minneapolis and downtown Minneapolis. A full list of services offered at the human service centers can be found at this link: www.hennepin.us/residents/human-services/resource-directory
The building features green roofs which are covered with growing plants to help absorb rainwater and reduce urban air temperatures. Bike racks are easily accessible to the public in the front of the building. The County anticipates that as many as 1,000 people, including clients and staff, will use the human service center each day.
The building includes 8,000 square feet of retail space on the street level. The Corcoran Neighborhood Organization is working with Hennepin County to fill the retail spaces with cafes, restaurants, and retailers that meet the needs of neighborhood residents and County employees. The retail space will be occupied later this year.
The County will hold a grand opening for the new human service center on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with tours for the public.