CLUES Breaks Ground on Headquarters Expansion

August 2, 2018

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, CLUES broke ground on an expansion to double the size of its Headquarters building on the East Side of Saint Paul.

CLUES President Ruby Lee led a ceremony announcing the launch of construction on the 19,000 sq. ft. expansion, which together with the current Headquarters will become an iconic Latino Cultural Hub and Community Center helping to expand and serve as a cornerstone of the growing Latino Cultural Corridor already underway on Seventh Street. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter III and Senator Foung Hawj shared their well wishes for the project and emphasized the important role CLUES plays as a community leader and institution not only for the Latino community, but for St. Paul and Minnesota as a whole.

Also joining the celebration were Hon. Consul of Mexico Gerardo Guerrero; Senator Melisa Franzen; representatives from CLUES Board of Directors, BWBR Architects, ICS Consulting Inc. and RJM Construction; and other sponsors, community leaders and supporters.

“This is an exciting day for our organization and our community,” said Ruby Lee, CLUES President. “We are proud to be a destination point for the East Side of Saint Paul. Our vibrant Latino culture is an asset that will help expand investment and entrepreneurship on the lower East Side of Saint Paul. Our expansion will result into 39,000 sq. ft. of space where individuals and families of all ages and from all walks of life can build relationships, access resources and build community, all under one roof.”

As Minnesota’s largest Latino-led nonprofit agency, CLUES is positioned to serve Minnesota’s growing Latino population, which is expected to reach half a million by 2035 – more than 8.5 percent of the state’s total population. Today, CLUES and the Mexican Consulate (housed at CLUES Headquarters) bring more than 35,000 people to the neighborhood, helping to expand economic and business development in the neighborhood.

The expansion will include a new home for CLUES’ Elder Day Program, which currently occupies a leased space in St. Paul’s West Side, as well as other exciting new features including:

  • A Teen Tech Center facilitating learning in coding, music recording and film production
  • A Commercial Teaching Kitchen promoting healthy eating and microbusiness development
  • Six New Classrooms for workforce skills/career trainings ESL, GED, citizenship and computer classes
  • Flexible Meeting Space with a capacity of 140 for client and community gatherings

Construction will begin in late August 2018 and a grand opening is expected to take place in May 2019.

The $7.5 million Capital Expansion has been supported by the City of Saint Paul Neighborhood STAR grant and a variety of generous corporate and private donors, including 3M Foundation, Hugh J. Andersen Foundation, Katherine B. Andersen Fund, Best Buy Foundation, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, Otto Bremer Foundation, Butler Family Foundation, Chiasson Family Foundation, Hardenbergh Foundation, Mardag Foundation, Securian Foundation, St. Paul Foundation, Super Bowl 52 Host Committee Legacy Fund, Target Foundation, Travelers Foundation, Wells Fargo, MN Leadership Council, LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) and generous individual donors.

CLUES thanks all the generous sponsors and supporters of our expansion. We look forward to celebrating with you at our grand opening in 2019!

CLUES was founded in 1981 by and for Latinos to provide culturally and linguistically relevant
services. CLUES mission is to advance the capacity of Latino individuals and families to be healthy, prosperous and engaged in their communities. In addition to its Headquarters in St. Paul, CLUES has offices in Minneapolis, Willmar and Austin, MN. For more information, please visit or follow CLUES on Facebook and Twitter.

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