The Salvation Army plans to upgrade security at its Downtown facility by adding a closed-circuit security camera system and new lighting around the perimeter of the 1010 Currie Ave. building.
"We hope to enhance security and keep a lot of the loitering and the drug dealing at bay outside. We want to light it up a little bit more," said Mike Powers, the facility's property manager. "We are doing our part to police the front of the building and Currie Avenue."
Powers said the $350,000 plan calls for a rotating security camera at each corner of the North Loop building. Officials also want to install exterior lighting and a one-way speaker system that would allow staff inside to contact people outside and issue them warnings if they're found loitering.
The lighting would be placed on a timer system, he said.
The Currie Ave. facility, on the western edge of Downtown, is one block west of the city's Seventh Street parking ramp and the Greyhound bus depot.
According to an Aug. 12 presentation to the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association, the Salvation Army plans to cover about $97,000 of the $350,000 cost and hopes foundations and the city can provide the balance.
The facility has temporary housing and programs for spiritual growth program and chemical dependency. Both men and women can take shelter at the facility. The site also offers a free meal daily for up to 250 people.