If you stay in one spot for a few years, you accumulate a lot of stuff.
We’re certainly finding that’s true for the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, which this week is moving its office from one end of the Eden Prairie City Center to the other.
The move accommodates Supervalu Inc.’s desire to take up more space in the City Center, including the Foundation’s small office next door to Supervalu’s current digs. It’s a good deal for Supervalu, the City of Eden Prairie, and for the Foundation.
You see, the city has been generous to the Foundation, providing a single office very cheaply since about 2012, when the Foundation hired its first staff member. We’ve had great office space during that time, and we’ll have great office space again – once the Supervalu-related renovation is complete. It’s a good move for the city, because they’ll be leasing more space to Supervalu; Supervalu wins because it gets more room designed specifically for its needs.
For a few months the Foundation office will be in a back corner of the city’s Engineering Department. After that, we’ll have a new office off the Eden Prairie City Center lobby – great public exposure as we try to increase awareness of what the Foundation is and what it does.
But, oh my goodness, has the Foundation accumulated a lot of stuff over nearly 37 years – stuff that needs to be boxed up and moved. Paper records from the 1980s and ‘90s, to be sure, but also odds-and-ends from Foundation Balls and other events: photographs, programs, supplies, and more.
So, pardon our chaos for a day or two. We’ll soon be back at full speed, leveraging our knowledge of and experience with Eden Prairie to fill unmet need and make this community better in lots of different ways.