Unrest recovery timeline
Recovery effort history
Response to the death of George Floyd
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd is killed by a Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) officer at the intersection of 38th and Chicago.
Protests and civil unrest take place throughout the city.
Community begins to hold space at 38th and Chicago as a place of reckoning, healing and justice. This intersection is now known as George Floyd Square.
Inclusive Economic Recovery Work
Mayor Frey creates the Minneapolis Forward Community Now Coalition, a cross-sector coalition to help transform Minneapolis into a stronger, equitable, inclusive, resilient, and innovative city.
Help for residents
311 extends hours of operations. The goal is to provide access to information for residents and businesses.
CPED surveys and documents heavily damaged and destroyed historic resources and potential historic resources prior to emergency demolition and rubble clearing.
Public Works action
Public Works dispatches crews and equipment to:
- Remove debris
- Provide traffic control
- Help with emergency demolitions
Survey and food distribution
The Office of Emergency Management leads a city survey to identify impacted properties.
The Health Department and Neighborhood & Community Relations provide support for community food distribution sites. The goal is to ensure food access in neighborhoods most impacted by grocery store closures.
Disaster declaration request
The City, with the county and State, requests a federal disaster declaration from the Small Business Administration (SBA).
City Council passes a staff direction for City staff to waive and refund all administrative fees related to clean-up, rebuilding, and recovery. As a result, the City waives fees for over 1,800 applications.
The SBA approves disaster loans for businesses, property owners and households affected by the civil unrest.
The City’s Zoning Administrator grants temporary permission for installation of exterior security barriers on commercial buildings.
Funding to clear sites
The City Council appropriates $2 million in funding for clearing sites that were reduced to rubble but have not yet been cleared.
Exterior security barriers on commercial buildings
On December 12, the City Council adopts an ordinance to allow installation of exterior security barriers on commercial buildings.
Reassessment of properties
The City Assessor’s Office reassesses 988 properties. Taxes are abated on 60 properties that meet the threshold for 50% or more destroyed and are otherwise eligible, as of December 2020. This leads to a total reduction in property value of $42 million, reducing taxes owed by over $1 million.
Response and recovery report
CPED presents a response and recovery report on behalf of multiple departments to the City Council detailing the 2020 activities and supports related to the pandemic and civil unrest
Waivers for assessments and fees
The City Council approves a policy for hardship waivers for assessments and fees for City clearing of destroyed properties.
CPED staff determines that properties impacted by the unrest are eligible for exceptions in the rebuilding process and proactively shares this information with property owners.
The City prepares security for the trial of former MPD officer Derek Chauvin.
The trial for former MPD officer Derek Chauvin begins March 8.
On April 20, the jury returns a guilty verdict for former MPD officer Derek Chauvin.
Forgivable loan program for businesses
CPED launches a forgivable loan program for businesses located in George Floyd Square. 30 businesses received $50,000 each, for a total of $1.5 million.
Phased connection of 38th and Chicago begins
On June 3, The Agape Movement, with City support, begins a phased reconnection of 38th and Chicago.
The City completes rubble removal for seven properties destroyed in the unrest. For these properties, the owners were not able to complete the work themselves. The City approves hardship waivers.
Rebuilding support for property owners
CPED creates an internal recovery team. The goal is to monitor progress and provide case management support to property owners still in the process of rebuilding.
Project advice for new and emerging real estate developers
- CPED begins partnering with real estate development professionals.
- The partners agree to mentor and support small developers who are working on projects in Minneapolis.
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