Minneapolis set to approve new temporary home for 3rd Police Precinct

It will buy the city a few years before they find a longer-term solution.
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Minneapolis City Council thinks it has found a temporary solution to house the officers serving in the 3rd Police Precinct, after its building was seriously damaged in the protests and riots of late May.

A council committee this week approved a proposal to move 3rd Precinct officers to a building at 2633 Minnehaha Avenue, north of where its previous home was on the corner of Minnehaha and Lake Street.

The 3rd Precinct was burned and damaged in the wake of George Floyd's death, and since then officers have been working either remotely or at the Minneapolis Convention Center, according to MPR News.

The proposal would see the city spend $1.2 million a year to sub-lease the building for three years, plus an additional $1.2 million as a one-off cost to revamp the building so it's suitable for police use.

The building is owned by Lothenbach Properties, based in Wayzata. Of the $1.2 million annual cost, $840,000 is in rent, $145,000 is heat and electricity, $100,000 is maintenance, cleaning and repair costs, and $100,000 is to reimburse the landlord's property insurance.

Under the proposal, the city would be "financially responsible" for any damage incurred resulting from civil unrest.

The full city council will vote on the proposal next Friday, Aug. 28.

The 3rd Police Precinct was where the four officers involved in the death of George Floyd: Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng, were based.

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