September 26, 2018 05:49 AM
On Wednesday, Minneapolis city officials hope to decide what to do with a growing homeless encampment just off Hiawatha Avenue near Franklin and 16th avenues.
The encampment has been a concern for city and community leaders for months now and they say they are running out of options for moving forward.
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City officials said there are significant logistics to work through with three different options on the table. The most recent option was identified by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey late Friday.
The suggestion to utilize an acre and a half of Red Lake Nation-owned land, located on Cedar Avenue, emerged after city leaders couldn't make a decision last week on two other locations: the Roof Depot site on 28th Street and the empty lot at 26th Street and Minnehaha Avenue.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS was told city council members will likely choose the option of using the Red Lake Nation-owned land.
According to officials, the new site will house three trailers, to serve about 150 people. There will also be a facility with showers and other services.
However, city leaders recognize it will take time to build the site.
"It looks like whatever site we choose could take a month or two months to actually have it ready and I think that's going to get us into the cold weather so I think we need to make a decision quickly about where this temporary site is going to be," council member Cam Gordon said.
Gordon added once a site is selected, officials will also have to address security. He said he expects that will be a community-city partnership, possibly with a site manager.
Rebecca Omastiak & Callan Gray
Created: September 26, 2018 05:49 AM
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