“We are collectively committed to establishing a permanent memorial at the intersection, preserving the artwork, and making the area an enduring space for racial healing,” the statement said.
Mayor Jacob Frey issued the joint statement with Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins and Council member Alondra Cano.
“Alongside City leadership, we have met on a regular basis with community members to discuss both the short-term path toward reconnecting this area and the long-term plan for the neighborhood with sustained investments to help restore and heal the community,” it said.
In September, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted to approve changing the name of the intersection to George Floyd Square.
City workers began removing parts of the memorial Thursday morning, city spokesperson Sarah McKenzie said. “Barricades have been removed so that ultimately (the intersection) will be reconnected into the neighborhood and traffic will be able to resume,” McKenzie told CNN.
“This intersection will never go back to ‘normal.’ This city is really doing everything it can with the community to preserve as many art pieces as possible.”
Multiple workers could be seen Thursday morning moving cement barricades with tractors and trucks.
Source: CNN – US News