Neechi Commons

Neechi Commons Multi-stakeholder Cooperative Inc.

Public Meeting Invitation: July 19 2022

A bold plan to revitalize Neechi Commons as a community-based initiative will be presented at a public meeting starting at 6:30 pm on Tuesday July 19th at 99 Euclid Avenue, North Point Douglas.

The aim is to rejuvenate Neechi Commons with neighbourhood organizations and tenants as key stakeholders in Neechi Commons Multi-stakeholder Cooperative Inc. The new cooperative is designed to host businesses and social services that benefit the neighbourhood and beyond. The businesses and social services are to be operated by tenants, with a special focus on a regional, healthy foods hub and health services. The reopening of Kookum’s Bakery and an Indigenous arts centre, education and training, and long-term inclusive housing (above or beside the parking lot) also are envisioned.

The new Multi-stakeholder Cooperative held its founding meeting in March. It is a not-for-profit entity and any surpluses must be used for community benefit. The new cooperative’s control structure prioritizes community groups that provide services in the Lord Selkirk Park and North Point Douglas neighbourhoods as well as tenants. However there also is a ‘Friends of Neechi Commons’ membership category that is open to individuals and to organizations based in other parts of the city.

The current owner of Neechi Commons, Neechi Foods Co-Op Ltd., created the complex and operated it from 2013 to 2018 with a huge investment of volunteer time and personal funds. Neechi Foods is looking for interim financing to allow it to transfer ownership to the newly created cooperative.

The public meeting will be held at Barber House, which is a charming, restored heritage building. It would be great if you would post this invitation and send it on to others!

[For more information please contact the NCMSC Project Manager at neechfoods@shaw.ca .]

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Rental Space at

NEECHI COMMONS

865 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Overview
Neechi Foods Co-Op Ltd. is looking for tenants to take advantage of the attractive Neechi Commons site and its positive community legacy. The co-op also is proposing that ownership of the property be transferred to a not-for-profit multi-stakeholder cooperative with two key categories of members; one for tenants and one for community groups.

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The site includes a very attractive building and parking lot strategically located in Winnipeg’s ‘North End’. The lot size is nearly 50,000 square feet, straddling north Point Douglas on the east and Lord Selkirk Park on the west. Neechi Commons was deliberately developed in this part of the city to foster neighbourhood revitalization and to provide opportunities for Indigenous youth and other inner-city residents. The site is well connected to City Transit routes.
The physical infrastructure and technology is already in place to accommodate a variety of possible usages. Open-area and partitioned spaces, extensive modern equipment, refrigerated and other storage space, offices, a Board room, accessible washrooms, loading docks and a 50-car parking lot are already in place. The building is wired for sophisticated communication and security networks and a geothermal system provides low-cost heating and cooling. There are attractive windows throughout the building.
For more details and photos please select the drop-down menu item, “Site Description” under the top menu heading, “Leasehold Opportunities”.
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Concept Options
Neechi Foods Co-Op is seeking potential stakeholders with community vision, entrepreneurial drive, resources and contacts needed to fully develop a brand new, revitalized Neechi Commons. In September 2019 Niigaan Sinclair picked up on the Neechi concept proposal idea with an insightful Free Press article: https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/ideas-abound-to-reopen-neechi-commons-560646962.html
A list of concept possibilities under discussion follows. For more details please select the drop-down menu item, “Concept Options” under “Leasehold Opportunities”.
(1) Indigenous Education and Training Centre
(2) Indigenous Arts Centre
(3) Manitoba Food Products Promotion Centre
(4) Alternative Energy Hub
(5) Community Healing Centre
(6) Young People’s Enrichment Hub
(7) Main Street Community Centre
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We are exploring ways of re-opening Neechi Commons and ensuring renewed opportunities for Indigenous and other neighbourhood residents.
Niigaan’s commentary on Neechi’s closing makes a strong case for renewed community investment:
https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/neechi-commons-worth-saving-486991361.html
The best way to contact us is by email: neechifoods@shaw.ca .
We are looking for a sustainable way of “re-inventing” the Commons, with new products and services, management and governance. Please contact us if you are connected with a business, training program or other social service that might be interested in opening up at the Neechi Commons site.

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All business operations at Neechi Commons have been halted while we work to attract new tenants and attempt to facilitate a new form of community ownership.

Neechi Foods Co-Op Ltd. is very grateful for all the customer support and good wishes that we received over 28 ½ years in business. Miigwetch!