The City of Minneapolis has announced plans to reopen 38th and Chicago to two-way traffic, with the intersection having been blocked off since the death of George Floyd in May 2020.
Mayor Jacob Frey announced Friday that the plan is to reopen the intersection following the trial of former Minneapolis police officer, who is charged with the murder of Floyd outside Cup Foods, located at 38th and Chicago.
Barricades have been put in place to ensure that vehicles stay out of the intersection, and these will stay in place through the end of the Chauvin trial, but Frey wants to ultimately remove them, claiming they have become a "screen for illicit activity," with the area having seen an uptick in crime since Floyd's death.
The city has proposed two options that will be put out for public feedback, with the intention of maintaining the tributes to Floyd at the intersection.
The first option would see the fist sculpture in the center of the intersection moved to outside Cup Foods, with Chicago Avenue's bike lanes and parking spaces removed for a short stretch to make room for it.
The second option would see the intersection turned into a roundabout with the fist at the center, though the city recognizes that this could result in vehicles colliding with the structure.
"The City of Minneapolis is committed to working with the community to reconnect 38th & Chicago after the conclusion of the Derek Chauvin trial," the city said on Friday.
"City leadership’s overriding goals will be to support the needs of residents and businesses while honoring the importance of racial healing and reflection in this sacred space."
The city says it will continue to provide solid waste and recycling collection at the site of the memorial until the intersection is reopened.
The city says it's making more than $10.5 million in funding available for initiatives that support "racial healing in the 38th & Chicago area."