Old Fort Snelling buildings to house homeless vets

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 14, 2011 - 7:36 PM

The project at Fort Snelling and elsewhere is part of a nationwide effort to give new uses to old VA properties.

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TomacltdNov. 14, 11 7:57 PM

This is a no brainer. I'm glad to see these buildings and property being put to a worthy use.

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falcon1674Nov. 14, 11 7:59 PM

Sounds like our government is up to creating some more jobs for the private sector through government contracts. And what a great project to boot. The Fort Snelling area is beautiful and it's been a shame to watch those old buildings slowely crumble over the years. Great plan to both help those in need and save some of the states historical sites in the process.

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jjsbrwNov. 14, 11 8:04 PM

Isn't this the type of thing that gets conservatives up in arms? Nanny state? Gov't handout? Social engineering? Come on, gang. I'm counting on your consistency on this one.

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dsteinbe1977Nov. 14, 11 8:06 PM

Bad use of VA money. They are better off buying the old NWA corporate offices and turning them into housing of the homeless. Tear down Ft. Snelling old building completley and build new ones. What is GSA and VA spending our money on? I for housing the homeless but think please of where you can get the most for your buck!

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jessikateNov. 14, 11 8:15 PM

This is an amazing plan. I'm so excited to see this come to fruition!

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SupervonNov. 14, 11 8:30 PM

The one problem is not obvious. There is no place for any of them to go unless they take a bus or a cab for something as small as a glass of milk. They might as well buy an abandoned barn in the middle of nowhere. These buildings could be used as day offices but not as housing.

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bhappyNov. 14, 11 9:25 PM

What a great plan. This is a winner in so many different ways. As far as being a convenient location, it is walking distance to the light rail line and to major employers, including the airport, MOA and the VA hospital.

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treddleNov. 14, 11 9:47 PM

Oh great... there goes my neighborhood. The city is going to raise my property taxes because these folks are going to make it better. Just like the increased airline noise. or the increased crime. Why doesnt the state put these guys and gals up on the Arden Hills ammo site to start cleaning it up. There a few buildings up there that can be converted to housing and the Vikings can advertise all the good things their stadium will do. There is nothing a shovel cant cure. Cryin out loud why is it Minneapolis continues to get used for a dump ground for society's dregs... We are just too dang liberal! We have had a disproportionate share of half way houses, group homes, and homeless shelters forced on us and now this. And these people are more likely psychotic dangerous than the run of the mill homeless person in the skyways. Put them in Moorhead or East Grand Forks in all the foreclosures up there where they can hurt fewer people when they lose it.

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AverageMinnesotanNov. 15, 1112:14 AM

treddle, you're kidding, right? These are veterans who put their lives at risk for America. Now, when they need someone to lean on, you want to give them the cold shoulder?

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cluke2Nov. 15, 11 5:33 AM

Treddle, how selfish of you to expound in such a manner. As I ask many who criticize vets, especially the homeless vets, what have you done lately for your country, family, neighbors, friends, or people you might not even know?

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