Increased Security Planned for Minneapolis Public Housing Complex

May 08, 2018 06:47 PM

The Cedars apartment complex is conveniently located right next to a light rail station in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood.

"There's a lot of pass-through traffic, people cut through the property," said Jeff Horwich, the director of policy and external affairs for Minneapolis Public Housing Authority.


It's causing safety concerns, so the housing authority plans to spend $825,000 to build a fence around the property, install 17 new security cameras and add vestibules around the entrances.

"Both to control access around the exterior perimeter of the property and access to the buildings themselves," Horwich said. "Preventing people from slipping into the building when they're not supposed to be there."

People who live there currently have to use a key card to get into their buildings.

The complex is home to mostly senior and Somali residents.

Horwich said neighbors raised safety concerns after multiple people were assaulted there.

The housing authority started looking at how to make improvements.

"You made your voices heard some time ago," said Mayor Jacob Frey, at a meeting Monday night.

He spoke to a packed room of Cedars residents and applauded the investment.

"It doesn't do any good just to have affordable housing unless it is safe," he said.

The housing authority plans to start work at the beginning of July and finish the project this summer. The money for this project is coming from their capital improvements budget, which is funded through federal money.

"There will certainly be a lot of lessons learned and we will observe how these improvements work at this particular location," Horwich said.

He said they are already looking at security improvements at other housing units.


Callan Gray

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