Anti-Displacement Efforts

Maximizing Community Benefits


The METRO Blue Line Extension creates exciting opportunities to advance community visions for investment and economic development that can help residents and businesses build wealth in place and improve quality of life. Maximizing benefits means making sure those benefits are enjoyed by current corridor residents and businesses. Project partners are working with a wide variety of partners to develop and implement robust anti-displacement strategies.

Blue Line Extension Project Announces Anti-Displacement Request for Proposals - UPDATE


UPDATE - The RFP closed on July 27, 2021. It is expected the we will announce the selected group in August
 

As the Blue Line Extension project has worked with the community to identify a supported alignment later this year, one thing we have heard consistently through this process is the need for the project to address potential displacement along the route options. We have heard and share these concerns, and are committed to working with partners and community to prevent displacement and advance community visions for investment and economic development that can help residents and business build wealth in place and improve overall quality of life.

To address these concerns and fully maximize the benefits of light rail, the Blue Line project is in the process of forming an Anti-Displacement Working Group with seats for agency and community partners to recommend policy and programs which will positively impact communities and minimize displacement.

Met Council and Hennepin County are committed to making sure the benefits of the LRT project are enjoyed by current corridor residents and businesses. To help guide this work, the Blue Line Extension Project has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an individual or group to convene, facilitate, and manage the work of the Anti-Displacement Working Group. This 12-to-18-month contract represents a first step in the project’s commitment to finding solutions to this complex problem, with the work on anti-displacement and construction support lasting the duration of the project and beyond

Community members from the Blue Line Business and Community Advisory committees will help review the proposals. It is expected that we will announce the selected group in August with their work beginning in September. The project team is looking forward to ongoing community conversations and engagement on this topic as we move forward.