Asian business owners file complaint on Met Council

A group representing Asian businesses located on the Central Corridor filed a federal complaint against the Metropolitan Council last week alleging that it failed to fully consider the effects light-rail construction will have on businesses, the Minnesota Daily said.

Concerned Asian Business Owners, a coalition of 30 businesses filed its complaint last week, the second federal complaint against the 11-mile-long construction that in the end will connect the downtowns of the twin cities, the Star Tribune said.

The group is seeking mitigation funding to ease financial loss that will result from the construction, the Minnesota Daily said.

The Met Council does not have enough funding to provide assistance, spokesman Laura Baenen said.

The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development conducted a 14-page-analysis of the project, showing that 85 percent of business parking will be permanently lost, gravely affecting 69 businesses, the Star Tribune said.

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