In a 10- 3 vote, Minneapolis city council members decided to move forward with acquiring the former Roof Depot site for a city owned water treatment facility, despite neighborhood opposition. Council members Johnson, Gordon and Cano voted against it.
Members of the Phillips community, where the site would be located, say the proposed facility is yet another industrial site in a neighborhood plagued with pollution and environmental justice concerns. See the story in Monday’s Daily Planet for more background.
There was a brief discussion about adopting an amendment put forth by ward nine council member Alondra Cano, which would have required city staff and departments to work with community members when developing the site. That amendment was defeated. There was a discussion about moving the site, but council member Yang opposed this. He says that traffic would have run through ward five, impacting residents in his ward unfairly. Yang is very concerned that nine city facilities, including the impound lot, are located in ward five, creating the very same environmental justice concerns that community members in Phillips have.
Those opposing the water treatment facility say they are going to continue to meet and push for a community benefits agreement for their ward.
Correction: The original version of this article claimed that Council Member Cano proposed moving the site to Fridley. The actual language of the proposal is below:
“Authorizing City officers to negotiate for the possible acquisition of 1860 28th Street East and 2717 Longfellow Ave. commonly referred to as the “Roof Depot” properties, for the relocation of the Water Distribution Maintenance facilities and Water Meter operations and directing Property Services, Public Works, and CPED Staff to work with East Phillips residents and community members to identify potential redevelopment or leasing scenarios for the portion of the property not required for the aforementioned functions.”
Below are photos of industrial sites located in Phillips.
Below are photos from the Friday city council meeting.