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City to vote on renaming part of avenue near Floyd memorial

City to vote on renaming part of avenue near Floyd memorial Photo: KSTP-TV.

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Created: August 03, 2020 06:17 AM

(KSTP) - The city of Minneapolis could move forward with a plan to rename a portion of Chicago Avenue to honor George Floyd. 

Renaming the street is part of bigger plans some have to turn the George Floyd memorial into something permanent. 

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The memorial around Cup Foods where George Floyd died has become symbolic for people in Minneapolis and across the country.

Some community members are hoping some kind of tribute remains.

Monday, the city planning commission will discuss one proposal to do just that.

More than two months later, you can find hundreds of people at George Floyd square. The 38th Street and Chicago Avenue intersection has been closed to traffic since Floyd's death.

City officials tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS no date has been announced for re-opening the intersection.

The proposal being discussed Monday would place a commemorative sign with the words "George Perry Floyd Jr. Place."  

Meanwhile, Cup Foods plans to re-open its doors Monday.

That's where a store employee called Minneapolis police to report Floyd had allegedly used a counterfeit bill.

Floyd died in police custody just feet away from the store.

The store opened briefly, but then closed again.

A spokesperson told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they regret opening Cup Foods too soon when people were still mourning, but they say a lot of people rely on them.

"We think it is about time," Jamar Nelson said. "Look, you tell me where there is a store that provides groceries and utilities and things like that, within miles of here. There isn't. There simply isn't." 

The proposal for the George Floyd memorial is being voted on Monday by the city planning commission before it heads to the full city council for final approval.

Those discussions will take place at 4:30 p.m.


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