Troubled Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis will be temporarily closed for cleaning and maintenance starting Tuesday, and Minneapolis police are working with several shelters to help homeless people who call the plaza home, Fox 9 reports.
Emergency calls to Peavey Plaza are up 260 percent from last year, according to city crime statistics, Fox 9 says.
Arrests are up 300 percent in the plaza, WCCO reports.
Preservationists say its demolition would be a great loss and have fought to save it.
The plaza has been a camp site for the Occupy movement, but police say it’s mostly homeless people staying there now. Here’s a look at the plaza and a brief interview with a resident from April.
Here’s plaza designer Paul Friedberg talking about the plaza in 2006: