DFL proposes $300M for riot-damaged businesses in Minneapolis, St. Paul
June 16, 2020
Ibrahim Demmaj listened as Democratic legislators and city leaders stood by the rubble of his Minneapolis furniture store on Monday to debut a roughly $300 million plan to help rebuild communities damaged by arson, vandalism and looting.
"We need your help; we need your support. We don't want to be relocated," Demmaj said of his business near the corner of Chicago Avenue and Lake Street, an area hit hard by the unrest that followed George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody.
Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman noted that the steel beams in his building "melted like noodles."