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Sunday, December 4, 2011
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Government, Developers, and Non-Profits Attempt to Make a Power Play on West Broadway
Take a look at this lovely document. What is it? This is the proposal by CPED to redevelop swaths of West Broadway.
At first glance this may sound nice but the reality is that it’s not. Ackerberg, Catalyst, CPED, and Hennepin County all got in bed together to build a 30,000 square foot monstrosity, with two levels, and a massive parking facility. They want to build this structure between Girard and Irving, on the north end of West Broadway.
What do they want to do with this structure? Stuff it with 200 Hennepin County employees, with the purpose of providing social services. Social services like public assistance, child services, mental health, and so on… That means that the intersection of Broadway and Irving will be swarming with the unfortunate dregs of society.
Why build here? Well, the official line from Joan Mathieu at CPED is “The Hennepin County Hub will provide adult and child social services to clients throughout north Minneapolis with much more convenient access than is currently available in the County’s downtown service center. Some space will also be available for affiliated nonprofits to enhance customer service.” In reality that means that Ackerberg Group builds the structure and makes a ton of money in the process. Catalyst—West Broadway’s non-profit empire—affiliated with the Ackerberg Group, will then own and lease out the property back to the county.
Oh yes, there’s more… Review page 9 of the document above. See that part about acquiring 11 parcels of land? There are multitudes of century old homes and apartment buildings there. These would have to be demolished to satisfy the requirements of the proposed facility. Demolishing dilapidated properties beyond repair is one thing. Demolishing inhabited structures that are serving their purposes is unacceptable.
So everybody makes money, meanwhile the Jordan and Old Highland neighborhoods turn into a cesspool vortex of biped vermin. Because this blogger resides a mere two blocks away from this ground zero of social services hell, I have decided to do everything I can to stop this initiative from becoming reality. The plan is to build momentum, based on public outcry, and then shoot this thing down. While the services proposed are necessary, they already exist, and they’re downtown where they belong.
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