Hennepin County has a total of about $100,000 in deconstruction grants available for 2020.
Now, an initiative led by Minneapolis City Council members Andrew Johnson and Linea Palmisano is addressing housing demolition waste and drafting a deconstruction policy due next spring.
The plan specifically cites Wards 13 and 3 as high demolition areas in 2013, the latter of which encompasses parts of the University area.
Photo: Jay Young, The Evansville Courier & Press via Associated Press
Deconstruction is new to the Twin Cities, and one Minneapolis social enterprise called Better Futures Minnesota is leading the charge. It offers work crews for hire to provide deconstruction services, property maintenance, appliance recycling, groundskeeping and more. But off the clock, the men who work at Better Futures also get help with housing, healing and recovery, and personal coaching — helping these formerly incarcerated or homeless men turn their lives around.
A demolition boom is upon us, and we have a choice as a community. Demolish and send it to the dump, or deconstruct for less money, less waste and more green jobs.
This popped up in my inbox today. It’s an general labor ad from the Minneapolis Craig’s List.
I have two points on this solicitation:
1. Deconstructing buildings is dangerous, you should have construction experience especially if you are required to be on roof tops.
2. Four years ago the starting wage for deconstructionists was $12.50 and that included benefits where I worked (a nonprofit).
Deconstructing old buildings
This is a very unique job and requires travel. We go all over the country deconstructing old structures and are looking for some new crew members. Our work load has doubled and that is the reason for the new hiring. It does not require a lot of construction knowledge,but must be willing to get up on roofs. Pay ranges from $10.00 – 14.00 per hour and payed out every week after the first week. Please email me with any questions you might have or to set up an interview. You can start ASAP, so contact me before positions are filled.
Compensation: $10.00 – 14.00
Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.