St. Anthony needs affordable housing; other interests prevail
Thank you to the Star Tribune for its continued coverage of the consequences of the Lowry Grove mobile home park closure and of St. Anthony’s saga over affordable housing (“St. Anthony soundly rejects Lowry Grove plan,” Oct. 12). Many of us fought to retain the mobile home park in the village. And there are many of us who are working to make our town accessible to people needing affordable housing, and who are perplexed by the City Council’s actions. The council has made many public statements in support of affordable housing. Similarly, the draft plan of St. Anthony’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan states, “Because only 1% of land is undeveloped, increasing density allows for affordable housing, walkability, and better opportunities for redevelopment.” It’s clear to them that this kind of project is part of the solution to easing the burdens on working families. And yet, when presented with the chance to have affordable housing, the council unanimously voted “no.” So which is it, council? Or do the facts change during election season?