The Minneapolis Historic Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing on whether or not to grant the project proposers with a “Certificate of Appropriateness” on August 8 at 5:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.
DeLaSalle, a private high school, wants to build a football stadium on public parkland in the middle of a national historic district and regional riverfront park. The Commission’s job is to determine if a football stadium that requires closing a 140-year-old street, shaving off part of a hillside and constructing large retaining walls is appropriate for the St. Anthony Falls National Historic District. Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) have advocated that such a development would have significant impacts on the scenic and historic character of the island.
FMR and others have been advocating for the consideration of alternative sites, but DeLaSalle won’t budge until the city turns them down. That’s where citizen action comes in. We need people to attend the meeting to give testimony and provide written comments. If you would like more information or wish to get involved, please contact Michael Guest at 651-222-2193 x22 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download a letter FMR sent to the Minneapolis Park Board Commissioners earlier this year. PDF (76 Kb)