WARD 4 - UPPER HARBOR TERMINAL
MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL
P.O. Box 11688
Minneapolis, MN 55411
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I want to oversee the development of the Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) for Ward 4.
The Upper Harbor Terminal is a vacant 48 acre industrially zoned piece of land at Dowling Avenue on the Mississippi River. I want to open the lock and dam so we can access the River, and develop the Upper Harbor Terminal to grow and process pre-sold organic food and products to generate wealth for Ward 4.
My opponents want to give away the UHT to the millionaire Pohlad and Frank families, and give you nothing.
The Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT).
The Pohlad and Frank families, operatiing as United Properties, in conjunction with Mayor Frey and the City Countil, are stealing the Upper Harbor Terminal from Ward 4 who should have received first crack at developing the site to produce great products and jobs, and generate wealth for the community.
Pohlad and Frank had inside information about the property due to serving on the Minneapolis Parks Foundation Board, which is not to be confused with the Park and Recreation Board. The Foundation gives money to the Park Board (millions) and gets inside information and influence. They use this information and influence to get a leg up on any competition for the UHT property.
The Upper Harbor Terminal enablers at the City, and Park and Recreation Board, claim they made it known to the Ward 4 Community that the Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) was available for development to those who submit a Proposal. They did not,
The developmers recruited the now out of business Thor Development, in order to “blacken up” the downtown development team. Parallel to that they focused on getting the mostly minority city and state elected officials onboard, and then corralled a handful of influential minority community activists. THEY WERE ALL ONBOARD WITH THE WRONG IDEA. AND NONE OF THEM LIVE OR HAVE A BUSINESS IN WARD 4. LIKE I DO.
Promises of various sorts were made such as: free tickets to events at a proposed liquor-bar-music-venue, part-time jobs at the music venue, free fishing rods and a pier to fish from on the river; affordable housing under the plume of toxic emissions from the GAF shingle manufacturer right next door; and the biggest payoff of all was a gift to the Park Board of 19 acres that the Park and Recreation Board confesses they don’t have the money to manage.
I wrote to all the City Council Members explaining what was taking place in plain sight and I explained that this great industrially zoned site could be used for creating generational wealth for the community, and I described what was bad about the proposed Concept Plan.
A liquor bar at the UHT is BAD IDEA that would:
1. Release publicly urinating, prostitute seeking, drunks into our neighborhoods. Just like they do nightly downtown when the bars close.
2. Attract thousands of cars that will jam the roads and release tons of toxic air emissions, including formaldehyde.
3. Create cheap part-time service jobs.
The UHT is an industrially zoned site that is not suitable for housing because of the formaldehyde emissions and other volatile organic pollution from the GAF shingle-making plant right next door to the south.
Shortly after my involvement the City Council approved the Concept Plan and appointed layers of committees and advisory groups to obfuscate what they were doing. Then they stacked the committees with their cronies and crony friends. Then, on top of that, they appointed a special UHT Advisory Group to oversee those below.
The current posposed project should be canceled and the UHT turned over to Ward 4 to develop.
Paid for by Leslie Davis for Minneapolis City Council, P.O. Box 11688, Mpls. MN 55411