Minneapolis Planning Layout for New Homeless Encampment Site

November 15, 2018 11:15 AM

The Minneapolis City Council has chosen a new temporary home for the homeless camp just off Hiawatha Avenue. Now they are in the process of figuring out what that camp will look like.

Currently on the Red Lake Nations land on Cedar Avenue there is a series of buildings. The property is roughly 1.25 acres. City coordinator Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde said she was told by the nation that the estimate for demolition could come in around $450,000.

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"We had heard from the Red Lake Nation that they expect the entire demolition and abatement of some of the buildings, some of the remediation, whether it's asbestos cleaning, that can all be done within five weeks," she said.

RELATED: City Council Selects Cedar Avenue Site for Homeless Encampment

The owners are looking to make that a shorter time frame if they get all their permits and licensing in short order.

At first the city presented designs using FEMA trailers for a sense of space and layout on the property. But staff are currently looking at alternative housing methods such as sprung structures. Cities like San Francisco, San Diego and Hawaii are either building or using the buildings currently.

"They are sort of industrial tent-like structures. They're a little airier and they provide the ability to place cots and beds in the place, and they provide the ability to place toilets and hand washing facilities as well as spaces for medical services," she said.

RELATED: Minneapolis Officials to Decide on Homeless Encampment Site

To purchase three trailers that will house up to 50 people each is around $2.5 million. City staff are in the process of going through pricing for the sprung buildings. Staff are expected to have all the details when they report back to the City Council Oct. 24.

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