County board actions: environmental cleanup and school recycling grants

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Contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969

Projects receive funding to clean up contaminated sites

The board awarded $1.6 million of Environmental Response Fund grants for nine projects to assess and clean up contaminated sites where added environmental costs hinder site improvements or redevelopment.

The following projects will receive grant funding:

  • Checkerboard — affordable and market-rate rental units and retail space, Minneapolis
  • City of Lakes Community Land Trust Homebuyer Initiated Program — rehabilitation of single-family homes, Minneapolis
  • Creekside at Van White — new office building, Minneapolis
  • Currie Park — park cleanup and improvements, Minneapolis
  • Gateway Northeast — affordable and market-rate apartment complex and retail space, Minneapolis
  • Lake Street Affordable Housing — affordable rental units and retail space, Minneapolis
  • Minnesota Brownfields Gap Financing Program — environmental assessment grant program, countywide
  • Portland and Washington Mixed-Use Development — affordable and market rate rental units, fire station, office and retail space, Minneapolis
  • Robbinsdale Apartments — market-rate rental units, Robbinsdale

Read more about the grant awards.

Read more about Environmental Response Fund grant funding.

Schools receive recycling grants

The county has awarded four grants to help schools reduce, reuse, recycle or compost:

  • Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Minneapolis), $12,200
  • Metro Schools (Minneapolis), $4,000
  • Robbinsdale Area Schools, $15,000
  • Yinghua Academy (Minneapolis), $9,100

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Learn more about school recycling grants.

Housing and Redevelopment Authority appoints leaders

Voting January 15 as the Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the board elected District 2 Commissioner Irene Fernando as chair and District 5 Commissioner Debbie Goettel as vice chair of the authority.

Learn more about the authority.

Board declares January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

By proclaiming Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January, the board recommitted to protecting and supporting a safe future for young people in the community. Sex trafficking occurs year-round in Hennepin County, not just during large events. During 2017, Hennepin County staff served 64 youth who had experienced or were at risk for exploitation or trafficking. The No Wrong Door and Safe Harbor initiatives guide the county's work on the principle that these sexually exploited youth are survivors and victims, not criminals. 

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Public hearing on food protection

The board scheduled a public hearing on the county's food protection ordinance for Tuesday, February 12, at 1:30 p.m. in room A-2400 of the Hennepin County Government Center. This ordinance establishes standards for the regulation of food establishments to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the people of Hennepin County.

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View the ordinance.

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