The LCC Board of Directors has agreed to an official partnership with Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH®), Community Design Group (CDG), Biko Associates, and Patrick Connoy to assist the residents and businesses of Greater Longfellow to create a rebuild plan for the area affected by the unrest after the tragic death of George Floyd.
The consulting team has a long and successful history of working on community projects across Minneapolis. Many of the consultants have a connection to the Longfellow neighborhood, having been a part of planning and development along Lake Street in the past and the lead for the SEH team is also a Longfellow resident.
The goal is to create a new vision for equitable, sustainable and resilient redevelopment while enhancing public spaces; preserving key community assets; and rebuilding civic, commercial and residential places for the coming years.
"The rebuild plan will be inclusive and respectful of the urgent need for our community to become more equitable and welcoming to communities of color," according to the LCC. "Community engagement will be at the forefront of the work to ensure that residents, businesses, and community organizations use their collective wisdom to rebuild Longfellow in a way that serves the whole community."
LCC and the consulting team are currently in the process of creating a Steering Committee and a community survey. Stay tuned through the LCC website and Weekly Roundup for updates and community participation activities through the website at www.longfellow.org.
Longfellow Community Council is the citizen participation organization for the Greater Longfellow Neighborhood.