By Edgar Linares, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Religious leaders in St. Paul are concerned construction on the Central Corridor Light Rail will make living near the line unaffordable for low income families.

Religious leaders along with others will gather at noon outside of St. Paul City Hall to begin a 24-hour interfaith prayer vigil.

“The current rezoning of the Central Corridor doesn’t include anything about affordable housing,” said Pastor Jonathan Zielske of the Hope Lutheran Church. He’s one of the organizers of the event.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports

The vigil will begin one day before the St. Paul City Council meets to consider revised zoning codes. Zielske wants city leaders to include incentives for developers who create affordable housing.

“While city officials say there will be affordable housing built along with new housing, if there isn’t an incentive for developers than there really is no guarantee,” said Zielske.

Zielske said he’s not against the light rail project. He says the vigil is about preserving affordable housing. 

On Wednesday evening, the St. Paul City Council will hold a public hearing and begin taking testimony from residents about rezoning.

Comments (7)
  1. Sandy says:

    Um, knock yourselves out with building more affordable living along a rapid transit line! ……..

  2. Schae says:

    This is why churches should PAY taxes–especially if their pastors want to get involved with political issues.

    1. K. says:

      What part of “separation of church and state” don’t you understand?

  3. Always in favor of less government says:

    A sad day when churches beg the government to do the “good works” that the churches should be doing and that they take offerings to do…

  4. Ginger Shepla says:

    I agree, churches should pay taxes since all they want to do is raise our taxes to pay for stuff like this.

  5. DSchrantz says:

    I am so inspired by the actions of these pastors and all the people who live, work and pray along University Ave. The city will set the stage for the market to work for small business and families.

  6. Joy says:

    Most pastors have to take a second job cause their pay is usually based on the tithes, and people think they shouldn’t get paid for doing the Lord’s work. There aren’t too many CEO’s who take phone calls in the middle of the night because someone is going through a trauma. Also, last I heard, as an American citizen we have the right to free speech.

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