The Creation of The Lot in Superior

In the heart of Downtown Superior, a new community gem is set to shine: The Lot. This vibrant space, envisioned as a hub for music, arts, and community connection, is being brought to life largely through the efforts of Maura Granquist, Exodus Global buyer and her Leadership Superior Douglas County 2023-2024 team.

The Lot, located on the 1200 block of Banks Avenue, will serve as a versatile venue anchored by a newly built stage, surrounded by picnic tables, string lights, and vibrant planting containers. This new outdoor space is designed to host a variety of community events, including the popular Superior Downtown Farmer’s Market. It aims to foster community connection and support local businesses by drawing residents and visitors to the downtown area.

The project was initiated as part of a broader effort to expand outdoor community spaces, which were much needed in the area. Recognizing this need, Maura Granquist and her team set out to convert an underutilized city location into a dynamic space that would benefit the entire community. Their efforts were supported by the City of Superior, the Superior Business Improvement District, and numerous community sponsors and contributors.

Maura’s role in this project extended beyond mere oversight. She was deeply involved in every step of the process, from conceptualization to execution, ensuring that the space would meet the community’s needs. Her dedication to creating a space that encourages both community engagement and support for local businesses has been evident throughout the project.

Maura states, “I really enjoyed going through the Leadership Superior Douglas County Program. It gave me tools to grow professionally, and I learned a lot more about the community I’ve lived in my entire life. Completing  “The Lot”, a superior community space, as part of the LSDC program, was a very rewarding experience. It was fun for me to be able to use my training as a buyer to manage some of the purchased components for a project that would directly benefit our community. I am grateful to everyone that helped prepare the site, especially my project teammates I got to work alongside and my coworkers at Exodus Global who pitched in to help wherever needed. My hope is that this project will be a steppingstone to further revitalization in our community.

The success of The Lot could not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of the Exodus Global team members. Special thanks are due to Michaela Graham, Mike Tezak, Andy Hickenbotham, Wayne Johnstad, Mac Hartley, Robert Arch, Todd Ronchi, and Andy Hastings. Maura and her team efforts in contributing to the project, whether through volunteer work, logistical support, or creative input, have been invaluable. Each member brought a unique set of skills and perspectives, contributing to the development of The Lot.

The launch of The Lot was held on June 21, 2024, coinciding with Make Music Day. The celebration  included a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. and various activities throughout the day, that encouraged community members to come together and enjoy the new space. The event was made open to local vendors and musicians who wished to be part of this historic moment. For those interested, more information can be found at The Lot’s website.

Looking ahead, The Lot holds immense potential for future developments. Ideas such as converting the parking lot into a grassy area, incorporating green initiatives like solar panels, and creating a play area for children are all on the table. The project’s flexible design also allows for components to be moved or reconfigured, making it a versatile space for various events and activities.

Maura Granquist’s involvement in The Lot is a testament to her commitment to community development and her ability to bring people together to create something truly special. The Lot is more than just a space; it’s a beacon of community spirit and a model for future community projects in Superior and beyond.

Together, we can ensure that The Lot becomes a cherished community space for years to come.

As featured in Fox 21 News and the Superior Telegram
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