Minneapolis advances plans to demolish rooftop depot | the alley diary

Urban Farm supporters testify from the floor of an adjourned city council meeting on September 22, 2022. Only a handful of council members remained to listen to community members, including CMs Chavez, Johnson and Wonsley. Photo: Steve Sandberg

By STEVE SANDBERG

In a 7-4 vote on Sept. 22, the Minneapolis City Council voted to move forward with its request for proposals (RFP) process to select a vendor to demolish the Roof Depot building. Vote 7 for, 4 against, 1 abstention, 1 absent. For: Vetaw, Osman, Jenkins, Palmisano, Goodman, Rainville and Koski. Against: Chavez, Wonsley, Payne and Chugtai. Abstaining: Johnson. Absent: Ellison. East Phillips residents and urban farm supporters have been denied permission to speak at two previous council meetings regarding requests for proposals (RFPs) for the contract demolition of the Roof Depot. This despite the mayor’s repeated promises from July to schedule a meeting with the city’s environmental consultant, Braun Intertec, to address community concerns about how they would be protected from arsenic and other known contaminants. in the event of demolition on the 7.4 acre site. When those present were again denied permission to speak, the President of the Council abruptly adjourned the meeting when testimony from the room began. When the proceedings resumed in the afternoon, the 7-4 vote was echoed by the loud and continuous testimony from the room.

Now, the East Phillips Neighborhood Institute (EPNI) and its allies will hold a series of events to stop the demolition leading up to the council’s expected vote to choose a supplier in November.

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