With the shuttering of many businesses, students have been laid off and had hours cut. Many students do not qualify for the $1,200 federal government support.
Many businesses have limited their service to takeout and delivery, while some have closed altogether.
The facility will help support education, research, training and patient care.
Mayor Jacob Frey declared Monday a local public health emergency in Minneapolis, which includes the temporary closure or limited accessibility of restaurants, coffee shops, nightclubs and bars due to the coronavirus outbreak.
A recent regents vote could shift a 3-million square foot area around Stadium Village, and the implications would likely last decades.
The historic Como Congregational Church would be demolished if plans for a residential development are approved.
The city laid out three options for the development moving forward.
The redevelopment will transform much of the University's eastern portion of campus.
Local business owners said the a new work group could help smaller establishments navigate unique challenges.
Go Gopher Rentals LLC has proposed the property, which would convert a single-family home into denser housing.