In 2016, the City of Minneapolis launched the Developer Technical Assistance Program (DTAP) to support small and emerging real estate developers. This initiative aimed to empower first-time developers with the technical knowledge necessary for successful project planning and execution, offering personalized assistance throughout the development process.
Element is currently involved in DTAP, seizing a unique consulting opportunity to assist emerging developers in the Twin Cities. We have played a significant role in mentoring Anissa Keyes, Abe Demmaj, and Kenya McKnight, providing comprehensive support through various development stages, including feasibility analysis, pro-forma development, and loan preparation in the redevelopment of commercial properties in North Minneapolis and East Lake Street.
Anissa Keyes owns and is overseeing the transformation of the Camden Bank Building in North Minneapolis, a 20,000 SF commercial property that is being reimagined as the Northside Epicenter. This facility is designed to serve as a launching pad for BIPOC small business owners.
Kenya McKnight is the owner and developer of the property at 1200 W Broadway, currently undergoing a transformation into The ZaRah. This space aims to be an inclusive and affordable wellness and healing hub, centrally located in the heart of North Minneapolis.
Abe Demmaj is actively involved in the commercial redevelopment of 405 E Lake Street, referred to as the Unity Building. This project aims to provide modern facilities in a high-traffic area, creating an ideal space for small businesses.
Through collaborative efforts facilitated by DTAP, the program's one-on-one technical assistance has empowered emerging developers, positively impacting local neighborhoods and creating a platform for sustainable growth. The success of Element and other DTAP consultants in supporting small-scale development and community revitalization highlights the value of initiatives like DTAP.