Dohmen Buys Second Bronzeville Building
Building to house commercial kitchen for foundation's Cooked business and Food for Health program.
The foundation acquired the two-story, 34,000-square-foot building at 2007 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. in December that was long home to Fein Brothers. The redeveloped building will serve as the foundation’s headquarters and its public-facing Food for Health program.
The charitable foundation, as of 2019, is the sole owner of the for-profit The Dohmen Company. The formerly family-owned company was transitioned to become the country’s first philanthropic enterprise under the Philanthropic Enterprise Act of 2018 after selling off its life science services division. The structure assures all profits go towards charity.
“Adjacent to our new headquarters, the Brown Street building provides the perfect location to advance our vision of healthy communities powered by healthy people,” said foundation president and chief operating officer Kathy Koshgarian in a statement. “This facility will be refurbished to house a commercial kitchen in support of growth plans for both our social business, Cooked, as well as the Food for Health charitable program which uses medically tailored meals to prevent and reverse chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and obesity.”
The foundation achieves efficiencies from having the buildings, separated by an alley, in proximity to one another.
And while at a glance it appears to be one building, it is actually four structures that have been connected over time. City assessment records give a construction date of 1888, but the full history is undoubtedly much more complicated. It was last renovated in 2008.
The foundation expects to renovate its two new buildings in the coming months. It said it will prioritize contracts for women or minority owned businesses to perform the work.
It’s the third foundation to announce a move to the neighborhood in recent years.
Dohmen will join Bader Philanthropies, which purchased and redeveloped a building at 3300 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. in 2018. The Greater Milwaukee Foundation will relocate to the ThriveOn Collaboration, a redevelopment of a former department store at 2153 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. in 2022.