The following item is being circulated via e-mail by the Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR).
Tell the Graco Board & CEO that the Time has come to Fulfill their Promise to the Community
Graco, a worldwide leader in fluid handling based in Northeast Minneapolis, is refusing to fulfill the promise they made to the Twin Cities community. They will not allow a trail to be constructed on their property along the Mississippi River just south of Broadway Street.
Their promise to grant land for the trail was made in exchange for the City’s generous redevelopment package: expansion of their business very close to the Mississippi River, a street vacation, and a $730,000 subsidy.
Instead of fulfilling their promise and allowing the trail to be constructed – a great amenity for their employees, the community, and visitors to our local National Park – Graco is trying to renegotiate the agreement in an effort to gain more riverfront land. The worst part – that desired riverfront land is currently public parkland.
Is that fair? Is that the right thing to do? Is that what a good neighbor would do?
Pictured is Graco’s plant along the river in Northeast Minneapolis. The narrow strip of land between the river and the plant was promised for a regional trail when Graco developed the site. Now they want land to the south (right) that was recently purchased for a riverfront park. Picture by Irene Jones, FMR.