One of the most controversial redevelopment projects in Richfield’s recent history is again on the Richfield City Council docket.
The $12.6 million would bring a multi-unit, low-income, workforce housing development to the corner of 77th Street and Pillsbury Avenue. However, , with residents worrying about a possible decline in property values and rise in crime, and council members skeptical on the design of the property.
. With many questions remaining, city officials scheduled another work session. Project developers, Ron Clark Construction & Design, will present the project at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at . A regular council meeting follows at 7 p.m.
Once again, residents won’t be able to ask questions or address the council during the work session.
While city officials haven't expressed specific opposition, they appear concerned with how prospective tenants would be considered for residency and that current residents get priority. According to Tuesday night’s agenda, Ron Clark has asked the Minnesota Housing and Finance Agency to give priority to current residents, but he has yet to receive feedback on his plan from the city.
Residents living near the proposed development have assembled a neighborhood group in opposition of the development. Residents have called and written letters and emails to city officials expressing their concerns. A recent newsletter from the group carried the headline "Say No.”
“Everyone wants affordable housing, and doing your community’s fair share is important," the group said in its newsletter. "But, good planning is critical and this just isn’t a good plan.”