Electrical Workers Union Moving to Brooklyn Park
A small residential area of Brooklyn Park will now turn into a neighborhood retail business district.
The area just south of Interstate Highway 94 and east of West Broadway Avenue will become a 26,800-square-foot union hall. The site currently consists of four single family homes, three of them vacant.
The Minnesota chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) will move into the site. IBEW has been in northeast Minneapolis, but needs more space. The union will eventually have 30 employees working at the site, which will be used largely for meetings and eventually a benefits office. IBEW has two other facilities, including one in Fridley, that it uses for training.
Previously, a charter school had wanted to move there, but was turned down over traffic concerns. The Brooklyn Park City Council unanimously approved the union hall.
Brooklyn Park Mayor Jeff Lunde considers the IBEW project an asset to the city because it could help engage youth to find future careers.