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Rochester City Council Approves Moving COW Meetings, Supports Jeremiah Program

Rochester City Council Approves Moving COW Meetings, Supports Jeremiah Program

May 21, 2018 11:16 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Rochester City Council Monday approved a resolution that will send a letter to the state housing finance agency with the city's stamp of approval on a housing project for single mothers and children.

The Jeremiah Program, which has other locations in the Twin Cities and elsewhere, is hoping to build a three-story, 40-unit apartment building off Valleyhigh Drive and 19th Street NW that will also provide support services like early childhood education.

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The project will also seek tax increment financing, which city councilor Annalissa Johnson, who represents the ward where the project will be housed, said is a good use of those funds.

"This is something that benefits the community and benefits the people in the community of a demographic that needs that help up and provides stability for them," she said.

In other business, the council also voted 6-1 to move Committee of the Whole meetings, which are currently in a smaller conference room, down the hall into the council chambers despite concerns the move would result in a more formal atmosphere and less work getting done. The move was prompted by ADA and space concerns in the current room as well as a lack of video recording.

The move is set to take place January 1.

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