City Housing and Development Action in the News

Cities across the state are working with community partners and the tools available to them to create tailored housing and development solutions.

This collection of recent news clips shows the breadth and impact of work happening at the local level to address locally-identified housing needs. These clips are updated periodically and not exhaustive of all coverage or activity.

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Housing, jobs, recreation on the way for Rosemount 

The city of Rosemount is preparing services and infrastructure to support population growth expected from a 2,000-unit development now in the works and 400 newly approved lots. This is in addition to the 340 housing units that were created in 2021. Via Rosemount – This Week Live

Housing talks pick up 

The Tracy EDA is in discussion with the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership to explore options for addressing a longtime need for rental housing. The Minnesota Workforce Housing Grant Program may be a good fit for the city’s needs. Via Headlight Herald

Duluth City Council lines up behind housing projects 

The City Council endorsed seven projects seeking low-income housing credits from the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency. It is the hope of the council that their support will help with funding from the state level. Via Duluth News Tribune

Cologne sets sights on housing, child care 

City councilmembers in Cologne approved the next phase of a housing development for an additional 40 housing units. This next phase will bring the total housing unit development up to 65 new homes. Via Waconia Sun Patriot


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Prioritizing affordability


St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announces ‘rent stabilization stakeholder group’ 

Following a majority vote for rent stabilization, the mayor of Saint Paul has convened a 41-member team to help shape future policy. Via KMSP (FOX) CH 9 – Minneapolis

Mankato aims to boost housing affordability

By creating the Mankato Area Affordable Housing Plan, the city hopes to address the core rationale behind a lack of affordable housing in the areas. This study will use data from all government level sources and create an action plan. Via Mankato Free Press

Cities work to solve affordable housing crisis

In Minneapolis $16.8 million in grants to nonprofit agencies has been approved for housing while in St. Paul there are ribbon cuttings aplenty from investments of years past. Via KARE 11

Mankato receives affordable-housing funds for sixth year in a row

Mankato received $5.8 million in state funding for construction of a 64-unit building for low-income seniors and $200,000 to help low-income residents of Blue Earth County purchase their first home. Via Mankato Free Press

More housing proposed for swampy land along Lions Park

Elk River City Council approved a TIF district to aid with a proposed 44-unit apartment building. Via Elk River Star News

Pipestone is hopeful that private development will meet the community’s need for market-rate rental units and single-family residential that is affordable to households earning $40,000-$60,000. Via Pipestone County Star

Developer plans 174 affordable apartments at Plato and Robert in St. Paul

Low-income housing tax credits, brownfield cleanup grants, federal, state, and Met Council program funds could help provide 174 affordable apartments in St. Paul. Via the Pioneer Press

Housing authority’s tax levy in Alexandria approved

The Alexandria HRA recently shared their 2021 highlights, including construction of TIF-supported apartments and projects including rental renovation and homebuyer assistance financed with housing trust funds. via the Echo Press

Fillmore County approves property tax abatement for housing project

Lanesboro is partnering with Fillmore County to offer tax abatement and support for a phased-in single-family subdivision project. via the Fillmore County Journal

Conversion of Art Deco-style office building to affordable housing in Falcon Heights set to begin

Falcon Heights, Ramsey County, and Met Council partnered to help a developer repurpose a vacant 1940s-era office building into affordable housing.  via the Pioneer Press

Plymouth Council approves rezoning, preliminary plat for Dundee redevelopment

Plymouth City Council votes to re-zone commercial land to support a 210-unit mixed-use development. via the Sun Sailor

EDA extends purchase agreement for development of multi-family housing project

Worthington EDA renews a purchase agreement to support a 49-unit multi-family housing development delayed by materials pricing and availability. via The Globe

BC council supports financing for affordable apartments

Brooklyn Center City Council is leveraging development finance tools to strengthen the financial position of a 54-unit affordable housing development. via the Sun Post

Greenbush Main Street construction begins

Small Cities Development Program grant money from DEED will help the city of Greenbush rehab eight single-family low-income houses, six commercial buildings, four rental units, and Main Street streetscape improvements. via The Tribune

Minnetonka’s largest-ever housing project to be built in Opus Business Park

Minnetonka uses re-zoning and planned unit developments to make way for nearly a thousand housing units within walking distance of light rail transit. Via the Sun Sailor

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Wadena’s new development looks more costly than expected – but still worthwhile as housing solution 

Wadena is taking on site prep and infrastructure costs so that new development can proceed. Via Wadena Pioneer Journal

St. Paul launches foreclosure prevention program 

The St. Paul Homeownship Preservation Program aims to help homeowners avoid foreclosure during rough times. Via Minneapolis Star Tribune

Groups team up to fight homelessness in Mound

The city of Mound is partnering with community stakeholders to better coordinate and expand resources for residents who are experiencing homelessness. Via Laker Pioneer

Construction costs contribute to persevering housing shortage

The city of Faribault is working with construction companies and developers to increase stock across the spectrum of housing. Via Faribault Daily News

City’s $600,000 housing grant application moves forward

The City of Thief River Falls advanced a $600,000 grant application that would fund renovations of a 40-apartment unit building. Via Thief River Fall Times

National investors are snapping up Twin Cities area houses to rent

Corporate investor-owners are out-bidding first time homebuyers for single-family homes and turning them into rental properties. This growing trend drives up prices and reduces opportunities for homeownership and building equity, particularly for lower income and minority households. Via the Star Tribune

Officials say a shortage of housing, not jobs, is crimping economic development in Greater Minnesota

The city of Roseau is building a $6.8 million apartment complex that is almost entirely funded by the public to create workforce housing that the community needs, but the private sector can’t provide. Via MinnPost

A partnership between the Pipestone Economic Development Agency, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, and Pipestone Area Schools is renovating blighted properties that can then be sold to new buyers. Via Pipestone County Star

Council approves tax abatement for 4 new homes to be built

The city of Albert Lea is waiving the increase in property taxes resulting from construction of four new homes for five years. The council is also considering extending abatement to other property improvements. Via Albert Lea Tribune

Downtown development gets city incentive

St. Peter is selling a downtown parking lot for $1 and establishing a tax increment finance district worth $1.5 million to help develop two new three-story residential buildings. Via the St. Peter Herald

Housing needs take center stage for economic development

EDA directors say housing development in cities like Benson, Willmar, Granite Falls, and New London requires public-private partnership to bridge the gap between the cost of building and market values in Greater Minnesota. Via West Central Tribune

Housing Remains Pressing Rural Challenge

Challenges facing the housing market in Greater Minnesota are complex – jobs, financing, senior housing shortages – but the state can help support local solutions. Via the Swift County Monitor

Osakis City Council approves participation in homebuyer program

Osakis City Council enrolled in the MN City Participation Program run by MN Housing. The program is intended to help first-time homebuyers with down payments or closing costs. Via Alexandria Echo Press

Duluth program builds housing, construction skills

Organizations have joined forces to create a career ladder and improve the city’s housing inventory. Via Duluth News Tribune

A Minnesota town is offering no-cost lots and incentives to attract new residents

The city of Halstad is offering no-cost lots and incentives to attract new construction and homeowners looking for small town living. via the Forum

St. Louis Park considering diversity benchmarks for developers

St. Louis Park begins researching policy options that could help address the city’s affordable housing and racial equity strategic priorities. via the Star Tribune

New housing is a battle across Southeast Minnesota

Cities in Southeast Minnesota are using land use tools to attract housing development that fits their communities’ specific needs – from mixed use development to homes for empty nesters. via the Rochester Post Bulletin

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Targeting local housing needs

City Council OKs workforce housing development 

The Faribault City Council and Planning Commission have offered unanimous support for a multi-family workforce housing project needed by a local employer. Via Faribault Daily News

Developer presents potential housing project to City Council 

A Waseca-based developer has presented plans to create single-family and multi-unit housing in a city-established federal opportunity zone. Via Waseca County News

Apartment complex proposed on city-owned property

The Faribault City Council and developer Aleph recently discussed options for a 200-unit market rate apartment complex. Via Faribault Daily News

C&S vending seeks new workforce housing

The Faribault Planning Commission advanced a proposal that will aid a local employer and landowner in construction of multifamily workforce housing. Via Faribault Daily News

Hastings Veterans Home, Civic Arena included in governor’s bonding bill

Included in the Governor Walz’s “local jobs and projects” plan was $59 million in funding for an upgrade to Hasting’s Veterans Homes. Via Hastings Star Gazette

Developing the upper levels of downtown

A Red Wing partnership seeks to add incentives for redevelopment of vacant second-story retail space into homes. Via the Republican Eagle

Lanesboro Housing Solution Group finishes program

Lanesboro’s Housing Solutions Group just completed an 18-month study and planning process. Several new developments are now in the beginning stages and a former church building could be converted to apartments with help from a state Workforce Housing Grant. Via Fillmore County Journal

Baxter City Council approves change allowing senior cooperative development

Baxter City Council approved a comprehensive plan amendment that responds to the need for a market-rate senior housing development. via the Brainerd Dispatch

Groundbreaking at Eden Valley Apartments

Project partners celebrate the groundbreaking of a 20-unit apartment building in Eden Valley (pop. 1,046) made possible by the Workforce Housing Development Program. via Tri-County News

Veterans home groundbreaking celebration

Preston celebrates groundbreaking of veterans home development, which will help serve a 15-county area where about 33 percent of Minnesota’s veterans live. via Fillmore County Journal

Bemidji Veterans Home groundbreaking signals the beginning of a new era for Northland vets

Local leaders celebrate new veteran’s home groundbreaking that was 10 years in the making. via the Bemidji Pioneer

Tiny ‘cottage homes’ with big views planned for rocky hillside in Duluth

A tiny home development could help Duluth make the most of rocky topography. via the Star Tribune

Watkins a finalist for 2021 City of the Year

Watkins is a City of the Year finalist in the Minnesota Real Estate Journal 2021 Awards for their investment in the Western View Apartments development, which will provide needed market-rate workforce housing in the area.  via Tri-County News

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