Ward 3 Issues
Desegregating our City
As shown in the maps below, school segregation is on the rise. Dramatic segregation of our school system between 1995 and 2014. More than half of the elementary schools in Minneapolis and S. Paul are 80 percent people of color. Minneapolis was fully integrated in the 1980s but now well over a dozen schools are more than 80 percent people of color and at least two schools are almost entirely white. Desegregating our schools is one step in desegregating our city. One way to do this is by diversifying our neighborhood housing options, including promoting and encouraging affordable housing in areas that are more traditionally affluent. That is why are office is working on measures to increase the funding to the affordable housing trust fund and explore inclusionary zoning ordinances. Stay tuned for updates as we move these measures forward.
Spotlight on Minneapolis Growth
As you walk around Third Ward neighborhoods you see it everywhere - development projects that will increase residential density and spur economic growth for Minneapolis. To keep you updated, we’ll be highlighting key projects in the Third Ward.
- Riverton (SE 4th St between SE 12th Ave & SE 13th Ave): We must develop housing surrounding the U of M that does not saddle students with extraordinary debt. The Riverton development tackles this increasingly prevalent issue head on by using a co-op model to provide significantly cheaper housing, while allowing students to become active participants in the way their building is operated and run. This project, currently moving through the planning process, proposes demolishing the existing building to build a new 6-story, 66-unit residential building with ground floor commercial space. "Decreasing student debt, activating the street level through commercial space, and giving students an opportunity to participate in their housing decisions make this project a positive addition to Dinkytown", said Council Member Frey. "I am particularly pleased to see that the site plan was amended to include retail at the base level."
- Mill City Quarter (2nd St S between 3rd Ave S & 5th Ave S): Our community is at its strongest when people of different ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds can live, work, and play together. Mill City Quarter will help to fulfill that vision for a sustainable and equitable community on the Riverfront. With two phases of development, a large surface parking lot will be transformed to add 15,000 sq ft of destination retail space with nearly 300 units of workforce and senior affordable housing. The site will include ample on-site and underground parking and will also leverage innovative design to make it a uniquely welcoming place for pedestrians and cyclists with a direct connection to the Riverfront.
- Cameron (756 Fourth Street N):Throughout the campaign we promised to grow the city, and to encourage diverse populations (diversity based on socioeconomic class, race, culture, and age) to live among each other. As an exciting new affordable housing project, the Cameron will accomplish both goals. We recently approved funding for construction of this project, and will be welcoming our new neighbors to the Third Ward with open arms.
- Superior Plating (315 First Avenue NE):You may have noticed a gaping hole on First Avenue NE where the old Superior Plating site once stood. The old Superior Plating site has been an eyesore, a safety concern, and a polluted mess for more than a decade. So we decided to do something about it. Working with stakeholders, we have triggered safe demolition of the existing structure to make way for a vibrant, mixed-use development that will undoubtedly be the linchpin for the neighborhood’s success in coming years. Specific design and use of the parcel are still being determined. So make sure to express your input.
- A-Mill (301 Main Street SE): The Pillsbury A-Mill, constructed in 1881, was once the largest and most advanced flour mill in the world. Today, redevelopment of this iconic city landmark is well underway with occupancy expected sometime in 2015. This Dominium built project is one of several in the country designed to build a community around those engaged in a variety of creative pursuits, ranging from dance to visual arts. The 251 unit development will also offer community spaces where residents can create and display their work, a dance studio, and multiple gallery spaces. Recently we had an opportunity to tour the progress of the project and it was the first stop of our photo essay. Plans are also underway to light up the “Pillsbury’s Best Flour” sign.
Last updated May 23, 2016