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COPAL initiates transformation: demolition of former O’Reilly Auto Parts building signals start of the Latino Center for Community Engagement

MINNEAPOLIS – COPAL is set to mark a significant milestone in its mission to enhance community engagement and empowerment. With the demolition of the former O’Reilly Auto Parts building at 2905 E Lake Street in Minneapolis next April 10th, COPAL takes the first step in the construction of the much-anticipated Latino Center for Community Engagement (LCCE).

The LCCE is a 24,000-square-foot transformative space that will serve to empower the Latine community in Minnesota. It will act as a gathering ground for community events, a home-base for COPAL’s programs and administration and as a leasing space for partner organizations. Construction on the LCCE is set to begin July 2025.

COPAL invites the community to join them to celebrate the demolition, as it will mark the start of the organization’s next chapter. The event will feature music, engaging activities, food and drinks, and the voices of community members. A brief program will begin at 5:30 p.m. that will include speakers from COPAL and from the community. Your presence will enrich this milestone event as we embark on this transformative initiative together. 


WHERE: Former O’Reilly Auto Parts, 2905 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

WHAT: Demolition of former O’Reilly Auto Parts building to build COPAL’s Latino Center for Community Engagement

WHEN: Wednesday, April 10th 4:00PM – 7PM, program at 5:45PM

For media inquiries or further information about the event, please contact:

Moriah O’Malley | 

Clara Ugarte Perrin |  


Established in 2018, COPAL is a member-based organization leading social impact initiatives to improve the quality of life for Latine families and communities. COPAL advocates for a legislative agenda and mobilizes Latine communities to take action on issues that impact our lives such as health care for all, dignity for workers, environmental justice, popular democracy, immigration and public safety, and education for all by building collective power, transforming systems, and creating opportunities for a dignified life. COPAL envisions a future where Latine communities thrive and are fully empowered to lead significant change in their communities and beyond. 

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