Plans to raze the aging Glendale public housing project in southeast Minneapolis and redevelop the site are being put on hold for a few months after resident pushback.
A city public hearing on the redevelopment plan that was scheduled for Monday has been scrapped.
"Our process is paused but not ended," said Bob Boyd, director of policy and special initiatives for the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, which owns the complex.
He said the decision was made after agency officials met with city officials, including area Council Member Cam Gordon, to delay the redevelopment plan for up to six months. Boyd said the officials agreed that the process should be delayed in part to allow Glendale residents more time to discuss the plan.
MPHA has been trying to meet a federal deadline to gain approval for converting the funding for Glendale units from public housing subsidies to federal rental subsidies, which are better funded. The conversion under a federal process would also allow the agency to access private funding and work with developers to create a mixed-income development.
MPHA has said it plans to create the current 184 units in the new development, as part of 400 to 500 units to be built on the 14-acre site that also will include housing with less subsidy and market-rate units.
The redevelopment had drawn opposition from some Glendale and nearby residents who have peppered housing officials with questions about the plans. "Our fight to save our homes is not over, but this is a big victory," said Ladan Yusuf, a leading organizer of tenant opposition.
Boyd said that the complex still needs $15 million in work now, and more than $27 million over a longer term. The agency has said that federal funds for that are insufficient, and that Sec. 8 rental subsidies will better fund ongoing housing for eligible tenants.