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Plans for homeless youth building go to City Council
More than 200 people packed an Edina Planning Commission meeting this week to debate plans for a homeless youth building.
Dozens of parishioners and church leaders supported the project while some residents and businesses said bringing homeless youth to Edina could increase crime and drugs in the community. Other opponents said they supported the concept, but didn’t think it fit in the neighborhood or medical district near Southdale.
The Planning Commission voted 4-1 to recommend the City Council approve zoning changes and see how the project can be appropriately incorporated into the medical district by amending the city’s comprehensive plan. The $10 million project called 66 West now goes to the City Council to consider in September.
St. Paul-based Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative plans to convert a TCF Bank building off W. 66th Street into a 39-unit two-story apartment building with space for counselors to help homeless youths finish school and find jobs. It would be the first apartment building for homeless youths in the western suburbs.
An estimated 250 homeless youths live in the Bloomington-Richfield-Edina area.
KELLY SMITH @kellystrib