Advocacy Update – February 2020
February 24, 2020
North Metro News
- In January, the Met Council awarded $722,500 to the Twin Lake Station development in Roseville. The grants will be used for asbestos abatement, soil remediation, and other activities ahead of plans for 480 affordable apartments in 3 buildings, including 1 building with affordable senior apartments.
- Jeff Reinert, former Lino Lakes mayor, won the Anoka County Board special election.
South Metro News
- Faribault’s City Council appears ready to back the construction of a manufactured home community at a site formerly used by Faribault Foods.
Ron Clark Construction submitted a plan to construct a 124-unit, four-story apartment complex along with a future commercial building in downtown Rosemount on the site containing the Rosemount Plaza Shopping Center and Shenanigan’s Pub.
- Hiawathaland Transit is preparing to expand its services once again, adding a new route connecting Faribault and Northfield beginning Monday, March 2.
- Farmington residents expressed dissatisfaction on social media in response to the discontinuance this spring of the city’s Curbside Cleanup Days.
East Metro News
Ramsey County is the latest contributor to a $33.5 million fund that will be used to save as many as 700 naturally occurring affordable housing units in the Twin Cities.
- Saint Paul City Council considers 1 percent sales tax for housing, roads, transit and pre-K.
- The Gold Line, a $461 million bus-rapid transit project that will link downtown Saint Paul with Woodbury, serving Oakdale, Maplewood and Landfall along the way, cleared an environmental assessment by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA.)
West Metro News
- Affordable units now a requirement for new apartment buildings in Minneapolis.
- Controversy is brewing in St. Louis Park, where residents are upset over a city proposal to make way for a bike lane.
- A key Southwest light-rail line contract increased by $21 million due to numerous delays that have dogged the $2 billion project.
State & National News
- In recent years there has been a significant uptick in people abusing this part of the Fair Housing Act by trying to pass their pet off as an assistance animal. HUD is attempting to address this fraud, and ensure that the accommodations are available for those who need them. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the publication of guidance on the issue.
- Heeding the call of some of the largest mortgage lenders in the industry, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is moving to back the elimination of debt-to-income (DTI) requirements in mortgage underwriting.
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