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Equitable Development for Town Center Station

Equitable Development for Town Center Station

Equitable Development for Town Center Station

For the past several years, the New American Academy (NAA) and its Executive Director have been involved in a number of transit-related community engagement efforts and organizing efforts around specific development policies and projects in Eden Prairie and other communities along the Southwest Light Rail Corridor. It was through these engagement efforts that NAA became aware that affordable housing, jobs, and other economic opportunities were not being incorporated into the station area planning that was being undertaken by local municipalities. Currently, there is a significant lack of affordable housing in the area and the City of Eden Prairie has been reluctant to make any commitments regarding affordable housing for the future development around the Town Center Station. NAA plans to scale up its community organizing efforts to ensure equitable development principles are applied and housing and other economic opportunities that meet the needs of the East African community and other underrepresented groups are included in the Town Center Station plan. NAA will work with its allies to hold leadership circles with East African elders, women, and youth to provide opportunities for residents to gain knowledge and build policy and issue advocacy skills, host community meetings on the issue of equitable development in the Town Center station area planning, and work with community members and partners to develop formal policy recommendations for inclusion in the station area plan. Planned outcomes are the inclusion of affordable housing and economic opportunity goals into the Town Center Station Area Plan, the amendment of zoning codes to allow for greater affordable housing development, and the enhancement of partnerships with allies to further elevate equitable development issues in the Southwest metro.

Project Award Date: 
2015-04-01
Community organization or agency: 
New American Academy
Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988