Above: The door to a room where a meeting of the city's stadium working group was being held on Wednesday.
A group of top Minneapolis officials tasked with discussing a soccer stadium near downtown met for the second time Wednesday, after missing a deadline to publicly present their recommendations.
The group, which is co-chaired by Mayor Betsy Hodges and City Council President Barb Johnson, met behind closed doors at City Hall for about an hour. The meeting comes as more attention is focused on St. Paul’s Midway area for Minnesota United’s Major League Soccer stadium, after Hodges rebuffed the team’s request for a property tax break.
The June resolution creating the working group said it should present initial findings, analysis and recommendations to the City Council in September, but that has not occurred. Following the meeting, Hodges said the group discussed having a public update “relatively soon.”
“We are aware that St. Paul is moving ahead,” Hodges said. “But we are also moving ahead putting our plans together.”
As for what caused the delay, Hodges said that “circumstances changed and we were regrouping. But we’re still meeting.”