Construction is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks on the affordable housing project in the City Center that sparked controversy and prompted two federal lawsuits against the city alleging racial discrimination.
MSP Real Estate Inc. will start work to extend Deer Creek Parkway and Library Lane, where the 102-unit affordable housing project will be built. It also will install water and sewer lines and other public infrastructure for the project, according to Jacob Klein, MSP’s director of development.
MSP also will begin construction on a 34-unit senior housing apartment building on Library Lane, a project that was included in a July agreement that settled a federal lawsuit that MSP filed against the city in March.
Federal authorities also sued New Berlin in June, claiming racial discrimination drove the city’s decisions to block the low-income housing development, in violation of the Fair Housing Act. That suit is pending.
MSP originally planned to build three buildings that would house 80 affordable residences, termed workforce apartments, and another building that would house 100 senior apartments, at 14901 Library Lane in the City Center area.
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