Community Development

Beacon Hill Partners

Many hands make for light work

“Can’t you just hear children’s laughter up here?” “Can you imagine people playing games and being social here?” Those who accompanied Audrey Moen on a grand opening tour of Beacon Hill this Wednesday were treated to encouraging portraits of the dream for the new supportive housing development in Grand Rapids. Moen is Housing Manager with… Read more

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Rochester Area First Homes Program

The Rochester Area First Homes Program is the state’s largest employer-assisted housing effort. With extremely low vacancy rates and rapidly rising home prices, the Rochester area housing market had become unaffordable to many local workers. First Homes, developed as a joint effort of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and the Rochester Area Foundation, sought to… Read more

Workforce Housing Report

Job growth in small communities boosts the local economy, but inevitably puts new strain on the local housing market. Inadequate housing supply keeps Greater Minnesota businesses from growing to their full potential. A severe lack of housing often exists in areas where financing is unavailable. Greater Minnesota Housing Fund has researched these problems and created some… Read more

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Mixed-use community hub, Commons at Penn, celebrates grand opening of apartments, future co-op

Minneapolis developer Building Blocks, Inc. and its many project funders are pleased to announce the grand opening of Commons at Penn, a new construction, 47-unit, mixed-use, transit-oriented development in the heart of the Willard-Hay neighborhood in Minneapolis. The new residential community, located at the intersection of Penn Avenue and Golden Valley Road, provides attractive new… Read more

St Peter Housing

The year ahead: St. Peter moves forward on more housing plans, considers development

City officials had previously endorsed plans to move ahead on the community’s third major housing subdivision, targeting both mixed use and mixed income homes. This local effort to construct more affordable, “workforce housing” in St. Peter has driven two past projects – Nicollet Meadows and Washington Terrace. But as St. Peter City Administrator Todd Prafke… Read more

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