East Phillips Neighborhood : Minneapolis Can Choose a Better, and Greener Plan!

The DFL Environmental Caucus urges the city to adopt the East Phillips Neighborhood Institute's plan.   


Mayor Jacob Frey

Minneapolis City Council 

Minneapolis City Hall

350 S. 5th St.

Minneapolis, MN 55415


Dear Mayor Frey and members of the City Council:


We, the undersigned organizations, urge you to reconsider and embrace the proposal of the East Phillips Neighborhood Institute to repurpose the former Roof Depot site in the city’s Southside Green Zone. 


The East Phillips Neighborhood Institute’s proposal provides green energy, jobs and job training, low-income housing, and an organic food farm in a neighborhood that has faced countless problems and serious environmental degradation for decades. The project stands in sharp contrast to the city’s announced plans to stockpile equipment, provide a maintenance base that would send dozens of heavy trucks into the neighborhood every day, as well as demolish and replace buildings on the site. The city’s plans will significantly increase air pollution, in violation of the intent of Minnesota Statutes 116.07 subd. 4(a), the Clark/Berglin Environmental Justice Act, passed specifically to reduce pollution and its related adverse health effects in the East Phillips Green Zone.  


The city council and mayor have talked about the importance of economic inclusion and tackling systemic racism in the city’s policies and decision making, and the need to lift up Black, brown, indigenous, and immigrant communities. The East Phillips Neighborhood Institute proposal would do just that. It would create a sense of economic inclusion by advancing a community led initiative to lift up the people of the community.


The City of Minneapolis now has the opportunity to resist its own history of systemic racism by stepping up to do what is right – and what has been promised - for the East Phillips Neighborhood. Community safety begins with a safe place to live. Now is the time to do the right thing and help this community build a sustainable future. 




Veda Kanitz, Chair                                                      Other signers

Minnesota DFL Environmental Caucus 

September 2020                    

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