Emerson North Housing Development
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Emerson North Housing Development

    1. Kenya McKnight
    2. Petition by

      Kenya McKnight

      Minneapolis, MN

Dear City Council, State Representatives, Governor…

We are writing to ask for your full support for Emerson North, a housing development located at 18th and Emerson in the Near North neighborhood of north Minneapolis. Local community support for this project came after months of engagement with developers in a Community Benefits processed that involved staff from the developer Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation (PCNF), resident-elected board members of the city-recognized neighborhood organization, Northside Residents Redevelopment Council (NRRC), and selected neighbors from the immediate area surrounding the project. The outcome of those meetings was a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) that was supported by NRRC on April 16th, 2012 with a 9-2 vote of the elected board that had previously voted in fall of 2011 to send the developer back to further negotiate with the community.


We ask that you give your full support to the community-driven Community Benefits Agreement with Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation and fully support the Emerson North development. Our established CBA ensures more economic benefit to north Minneapolis and address growing housing issues in the community: 

• There is a shortage of quality, affordable housing. Minnesota is ranked lowest in the Midwest for rental housing affordability. 
• Family homelessness is increasing in our community. According to Wilder Research, children and their parents are the fastest growing segment of the homeless in Minnesota. 
• The tornado in north Minneapolis damaged more than 500 homes, causing hundreds of families to be homeless or live in substandard and dangerous housing. 
• North Minneapolis was hit the hardest in the State of Minnesota by the foreclosure crises forcing many families to leave their community resulting in several vacant properties

The CBA ensures PCNF accountability to deliver economic benefit to the community at large securing project and permanent jobs, minority hiring goals including women, community resource room, public safety security and meetings, maintaining a clean green environment, quality housing, responsible tenants, underground parking and residents who will become customers paying into our tax base to name a few.

Emerson North is a 41 unit housing development lead by interfaith leadership task force Church of the Ascension, Masjid An-Nur, Shiloh Temple, Robbinsdale United Church of Christ, Valley Community Presbyterian Church and Greater Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church. This development is supported by 5th district Congressman Keith Ellison (Northside resident), the Northside Community Response Team (Tornado recovery team), Community Benefits Agreement committee chaired by James Everett and a host of Near North residents.

This Development will be done in partnership with Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation (PCNF) and its Families Moving Forward (FMF) division who has been a part of the north Minneapolis community for more than 10 years at its 18th and Emerson Ave N. location serving families through its current day center for homeless families. The majority of the units at Emerson North will be for working families, north Minneapolis tornado victims and 12 units will be for formerly homeless families who will receive support services from the FMF program building on their self sufficiency to become stronger families.

 

Thank you for your support,

 

Near North resident,

James Everett

 

 

 

Background information-

What is Emerson North? 
Emerson North is a 41 unit housing development lead by interfaith leadership task force Church of the Ascension, Masjid An-Nur, Shiloh Temple, Robbinsdale United Church of Christ, Valley Community Presbyterian Church and Greater Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church. This project is supported by 5th district Congressman Keith Ellison (Northside resident), the Northside Community Response Team (Tornado recovery team), Community Benefits Agreement committee chaired by James Everett and a host of Near North residents.

This development will be done in partnership with Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation (PCNF) and its Families Moving Forward (FMF) division who has been a part of the North Minneapolis community for more than 10 years at its 18th and Emerson Ave N. location serving families through its current day center for homeless families. The majority of the units at Emerson North will be for working families, North Minneapolis tornado victims and 12 units will be for formerly homeless families who will receive support services from the FMF program building on their self sufficiency to become stronger families.

After several community meetings an official community vote took place on April 16, 2012 through the Near North city-recognized neighborhood association, Northside Residents Redevelopment Council (NRRC) with a 9 -2 vote where the community benefits agreement (CBA) was supported, accepted and later signed by PCNF and NRRC.

The CBA ensures PCNF accountability to deliver economic benefit to the community at large securing project and permanent jobs, minority hiring goals including women, community resource room, public safety security and meetings, maintaining a clean green environment, quality housing, responsible tenants, underground parking and residents who will become customers paying into our tax base to name a few.

WHY YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED


This development is will be located in the area of Old Highland, Old Highland has a block club and nonprofit agency within Near North with active members who greatly oppose this project. The Old Highland boundaries encompass about 800 residents and the agencies primary form of communication is an email listserve that includes about 30 active residents.

 
‘Not in my back yard” is the message this many within Old Highland has sent to the CBA committee and near North residents. 

Residents feel their voices have been ignored by local and state officials despite the community engagement process and Neightborhood vote that took place supporting the development and CBA. Instead residents feel as if our public officials have valued the concerns of the Old Highland agency and Block Club group who insists that this development promotes more poverty in North Minneapolis, will increase public safety risk for Old Highland residents and is too large of a project for the neighborhood.

These concerns have been shared witth the CBA committee and worked out by creating a neighborhood safety plan of action. The CBA committee has worked with Old HIghland to midigate any possible risk, yet it still has not seemed to be enough. The CBA committee members were asked to reduce the develoment to 26 units which impacts the under ground parking and eliminated the already esablished community benefits agreement. The CBA committee has chosen to support the interest and needs of the Near north and Willard Hay residents by honoring the CBA and 41 unit Emerson North housing development.

Additionally:

 
• There is a shortage of quality, affordable housing. Minnesota is ranked lowest in the Midwest for rental housing affordability. 
• Family homelessness is increasing in our community. According to Wilder Research, children and their parents are the fastest growing segment of the homeless in Minnesota. 
• The tornado in north Minneapolis damaged more than 500 homes, causing hundreds of families to be homeless or live in substandard and dangerous housing. 
• North Minneapolis was hit the hardest in the State of MN by the foreclosure crises forcing many families to leave their community resulting in several vacant properties. Quality rental properties are needed 
• North Minneapolis new affordable housing project the Gateway Lofts recently opened on 27th and West Broadway Ave which has been supported by our officials 
• 2 North Minneapolis affordable housing projects proposed, accepted and to be built on Penn and West Broadway Ave, the BLO project proposing a liquor store with housing above it and the West Broadway Curve project proposed on Oliver and West Broadway Ave by Common Bond which has also received support from our officials

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

- Sign the petition 
- Call 5th Ward City council Member Don Samuels at (612) 673-2205 
- Call Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak at (612) 673-2100 
- Call State Senator Linda Higgins at (651) 296-9246 
- Call State Representative Bobby Joe Champion at (651) 296-4321 
- Leave a statement of why you support this development

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

  

 

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      • almost 2 years ago

      Portico is an excellent organization with smart, talented staff who can develop superb affordable housing. Visit one of their projects and count yourself lucky that they are working with this group of faith partners to make a positive contribution to the community.

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    • Ka Thao MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is important for me because I am simply supporting to make people's lives better. If it just takes me to sign my name, I have made a difference. Most of the time the bad stay bad because there is no resource. We are all responsible to help each other.

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    • Jonah Pridey PLYMOUTH, MN
      • almost 2 years ago

      People need to have a place they can call home that is AFFORDABLE.

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    • Bill Lloyd MPLS, MN
      • almost 2 years ago

      because it's the right thing to do

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    • Lee Leichentritt MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • almost 2 years ago

      We need more housing for the poor.

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