May 26, 2022

Letter to the Editor: Janigo Will Support Affordable Housing in Maple Grove

I am the former social justice director at St. Joseph the Worker in Maple Grove, and I am also a volunteer with the Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing. I am writing in support of Kristy Janigo’s bid for Maple Grove City Council.

The city of Maple Grove commissioned a housing study last year, and affordable senior housing was found to be in especially short supply in the city. Although additional plans and construction are underway, I am concerned that while the city has added thousands of housing units in the past 10 years, it has skewed toward market-rate and higher-end rental units and away from affordable owner-occupied homes compared to prior decade.

We need a variety of types for our future residents, and now is the right time. The city is zoned for an additional 10% of its area to be developed as residential property. We need to make sure that affordability is considered within those plans before the city is completely built out and the opportunity has passed for our future neighbor.

Kristy would be a great Maple Grove City Council member!

-Roxanne Smith, Champlin

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