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Cam Gordon

Working for a Minneapolis where each of us has the freedom and opportunity to reach our individual potentials while caring for one another, improving our environment and promoting social well-being.

Focused not only on our immediate needs, but also on the future we want for ourselves, our children and for generations to come.

 

Dedicated to using the values of Social and Economic Justice, Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, Peace, Community Based Economics, and Respect for Diversity to guide his work.

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Glendale Townhomes Historic Nomination Update

Following a nomination I made last year for local historic designation, on April 9, 2019, the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) directed planning staff to prepare a historic designation study of the Glendale Town Houses Historic District.  The study was prepared by city staff and was submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office for comments last December. 
 
The study does acknowledge that the area is historically significant under criterion #1 and #5 related to its social history and innovative design.  But then, it also concludes that it has lost “integrity” in several important areas (design, materials, workmanship, feeling and association) and retained it for location and setting. This, along with a letter from the State Historic Preservation Office that says they “do not support local designation of the Glendale Town Houses Historic District,” lead me to be concerned that staff will not be recommending designation to the Commission.  The designation study, however, will be heard by the Heritage Preservation Commission in a public hearing, and they will make a recommendation to the Zoning and Planning Committee of the City Council. The final designation decision will be made by the City Council.   Once the staff report is drafted it will be posted on the HPC’s agenda that can be found at https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/calendar/all/monthly.
 
The next steps in the designation process include a discussion of the study before the Planning Commission Committee of the Whole on February 27 and a public hearing before the Heritage Preservation Commission on March 3rd in the Council Chambers, Room 317, in City Hall at 350 s 5th St. If you would like to share your opinions or ideas about this with the Commissioners, you can speak at the hearing and/or send comments to them via the HPC Clerk [email protected].
 
Since the HPC’s decision is only a recommendation to the Zoning and Planning Committee of the City Council, it cannot be appealed. The Zoning and Planning Committee of the City Council meeting is planned for March 19th. Based on this timeline, the final designation decision will be made by the City Council on March 27th.
 
The designation study which includes the letter from the State Historic Preservation Office can be found here for your review.

 

Addressing Housing Instability and Displacement

 

As Chair of the Housing and Policy Development Committee I am working to focus and coordinate efforts to preserve and increase affordable housing options, promote housing stability and prevent displacement of our residents.  

 

People are right to be concerned about displacement and gentrification in our City. As more people move to Minneapolis, current low-income residents are at greater and greater risk of being displaced. So-called “Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing” is being converted to higher-rent housing, at a rate of over a thousand units per year. The homeownership gap between whites and people of color in Minneapolis is among the widest in the nation. Some renters are trapped in an exploitative subset of the rental market and face disproportionate evictions and other negative housing options. Too many people continue to experience homelessness in Minneapolis and the number of unsheltered single adults has increased. The cost of energy is part of overall housing cost burden and falls disproportionately on the poorest residents and housing that is badly maintained can lead to a variety of different health problems, including lead poisoning, asthma, and more.
To address the problems related to housing, the City has taken several actions since 2017 to build, rehab, and stabilize affordable housing, to promote home ownership, to reduce racial disparities, to address homelessness, and to increase energy efficiency in housing and we need to do more.
We have accelerated investment in affordable housing, passed renter protections, initiated a Missing Middle Housing pilot program, created a Single Room Occupancy/shared housing pilot program, voted to allow more affordable and innovative housing options like Intentional Community Cluster Developments, approved an energy disclosure ordinance, provided energy efficiency support, created a 4d Affordable Housing Incentive program to provide property tax reductions for landlords of lower-rent units, passed an advance notice of sale ordinance, and funded renter legal services for those who need them.
Still, we need to do more. To meet this ongoing challenge, the City is exploring a number of additional policy solutions, including an Inclusionary Housing policy that would require some affordable units to be included in new apartments buildings, a Tenant Opportunity to Purchase policy that would give renters the right to purchase the buildings they live in when the owner of the building wants to sell it; rent stabilization laws that would limit rent increases; inclusive financing tools that would allow residents – both homeowners and renters – to pay for energy efficiency improvements through energy savings, on their bills; tenant relocation assistance rules that would require relocation costs for tenants to be paid by owners of buildings that lose their rental licenses; a sustainable building policy that will require all buildings – including housing – that are supported by the City to meet a higher energy and environmental performance standard; bigger investments and a new levy dedicated to Public Housing; greater flexibility to allow more affordable and innovative housing options like Intentional Community Cluster Developments, Accessory Dwelling Units on more properties and Single Room Occupancy.
As the number of people who want to live in Minneapolis grows the lack of affordable housing has resulted in too many families struggling to cover housing costs. The free market system has failed to meet the housing needs in our City. Our City government can and should do more to ensure that all our residents have a healthy, safe and decent home to live in.     

 

 

 

 

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Last updated Feb 20, 2020

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