I am running for Minneapolis City Council
Ward 4 - Lowry Av. North to the city line.
Leslie is president of:
The Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT).
Developers are stealing the Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) from the people of North Minneapolis who should have received first crack at developing the site to produce great products and jobs, and generate wealth for the community.
Developers had inside information about the property due to their agents serving on the Minneapolis Parks Foundation Board, which is not to be confused with the Park and Recreation Board. The Foundation gave money to the Park Board (millions) and got inside information and influence. They used 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 Northside Community that the Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) was available for development to those who presented the appropriate Qualifications to submit a Proposal. To demonstrate their genuine interest in the community the developers 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.
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 emissions of formaldehyde and other volatile organic pollution from the GAF shingle-making plant right next door.
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 them 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 cancelled and a brand new Request for Proposal should be requested so we Northsiders can offer a plan that will produce generational wealth, create great jobs, and reduce pollution.
Respectrully submitted, Leslie Davis, candidate for City Council Ward 4.
STOP THE DRUG WAR!
THE DRUG WAR IS LOST SO WHY CONTINUE IT?
I WILL ARTICULATE MY ALTERNATIVE IN THE DAYS TO COME.