Housing First Minnesota Leadership Meets with Former Governor Pawlenty

Housing First Minnesota Leadership Meets with Former Governor Pawlenty

He's only been in the race for about one month, but he has had the job before. Governor Tim Pawlenty (R, Eagan) met with Housing First Minnesota leadership on Friday to discuss a variety of housing issues and his campaign to Minnesota's governor once again.

Among the many topics discussed were Minnesota's regulatory environment, the construction workforce shortage, and the role of the Metropolitan Council.

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Addressing the Workforce Crisis: Project Build Takes Step Forward

Addressing the Workforce Crisis: Project Build Takes Step Forward

Project Build Minnesota saw great progress this week, as Housing First Minnesota and the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) led the charge in addressing the construction workforce shortage. David Siegel, Project Build Minnesota board member and Housing First Minnesota executive director, and Lowell Pratt, Pratt Homes, testified on behalf of SF 3430 in the Senate Jobs Committee on Wednesday and HF 3810 in the House Jobs Committee on Friday. Nancy Samson, Shingobee Builders, and Adam Hanson with ABC, also testified in support of the bill.

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Housing First Minnesota Leadership Meets with Congressman Tim Walz

Housing First Minnesota Leadership Meets with Congressman Tim Walz

It is still early in the year, but 2018 has proven to be an important election year. Included on the November ballot, Minnesotans will be electing a new governor. Congressman Tim Walz (CD1, DFL), who is running to hold that seat, met with Housing First Minnesota leadership on Wednesday to discuss a variety of housing issues and his campaign to be Minnesota's next governor.

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Remodelers Create New Digs for Women Undergoing Treatment

Remodelers Create New Digs for Women Undergoing Treatment

Avivo is the only program in Minnesota that provides housing for women along with their children while they undergo addiction treatment and recovery. Until this spring, the apartment units that housed these women were in serious need of repair and updating.

Earlier this year, Avivo got in touch with the BATC-Housing First Minnesota Foundation, which was able to find two build partners to completely renovate four apartment units. The Kingdom Builders renovated three of the units and Crystal Kitchen Center renovated the fourth.

 

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More Than Just a Bathroom Remodel

More Than Just a Bathroom Remodel

For the 32 individuals with disabilities living at Homeward Bound’s Brooklyn Park home, accessibility makes a big difference in everyday life. Up until this year, two of the bathrooms in the home were completely useless due to the small tubs and small spaces, making life a little more challenging for the residents that live there.

Thanks to the BATC-Housing First Minnesota Foundation and build partners Minnesota Rusco and Contract Interiors they now have two brand-new bathrooms and flooring that better fit their needs.

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Two More Homes for Minnesota Veterans

Two More Homes for Minnesota Veterans

Each year, the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) receives more than 25,000 contacts, inquiries and requests from veterans across the state who are homeless or experiencing a crisis that could lead to homelessness. Lennar and the BATC-Housing First Minnesota Foundation are ready to once again help MACV create more housing for these veterans in need.

This spring, Lennar and the BATC-Housing First Minnesota Foundation will break ground on another home for MACV. Last year, the two organizations built a home for MACV to help house a veteran along with their family. This year, the home will help house female veterans, a population that is in serious need.

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Housing News at a Glance: Updates from Across Minnesota

Pulte Proposes Active Adult Community in Corcoran
Pulte has submitted a plan that would bring 393 detached villa townhomes to Corcoran. Pulte told Finance and Commerce that the community would be a high-amenity active adult product that serves homeowners 55 and older. The development would sit on 187 acres at the northwest corner of County Road 30 and Highway 101. The project will go before the Corcoran City Council on April 26. According to Brad Martens, the city administrator, if approved it would be the city’s second-largest residential development.

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Arden Hills Site One Step Closer to a Makeover
Ramsey County officials and Alatus, a Minneapolis-based architecture and design firm, announced in March that they had finished the preliminary development framework for the first 70-acre phase of what will be a five-phase redevelopment of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills. Alatus, the master developer of the Rice Creek Commons development, hopes to break ground on 150 single-family homes, 250 multi-family apartments and 250 senior housing apartments by 2020. When complete, the 427-acre property could span 1,460 housing units, in addition to commercial development and a new town center by 2036.

Rochester City Council Approves Two Towers

The Rochester City Council voted in March to grant a conditional use permit for the multi-million-
dollar Bloom Riverfront development along the Zumbro River downtown. The 925,000-square-foot development would blend senior housing, condominiums, public spaces, retail, restaurants, parking and a five-star hotel. It would be the $5.6 billion Destination Medican Center’s largest project yet.

The shorter tower could get underway later this year and would include 215 units of senior living,
retail and parking. The second tower could break ground in 2020 and include 181 four- and five-star hotel rooms and suites, condominiums, retail space and parking.

Study Reveals High Cost for Single Family Housing in Duluth

According to market analysis by Maxfield Research & Consulting LLC, Duluth needed to add 150 single-family homes each year between 2014 and 2020, just to keep up with projected population growth. But according to the study Duluth reported just 31 new housing starts in 2014, and 45 in 2015.

New homes are not only in short supply in Duluth — they’re also relatively more expensive, compared to other cities in greater Minnesota. Duluth stands in particular contrast to Moorhead, where the average cost of a new home is 37 percent lower. The higher cost of housing in Duluth doesn’t correlate to its residents’ income. Moorhead’s median household income exceeds Duluth’s by 18 percent.

North Mankato Sees Increase in Townhome Development

North Mankato saw an uptick in townhouse developments, according to the city’s year-end report. The majority of the activity was in the northwest addition of the North Port Industrial Park. North Mankato issued six townhouse permits for 35 units in 2017. That’s compared to none in 2016 and only five permits in 2015 for 19 units. Community Development Director Mike Fischer told the Mankato Free Press that North Mankato will likely see even more economic growth in 2018, based on the number of projects planned this year.

Home Builders Get In on the Big Game Action

Several spectacular Twin Cities homes were featured on Feb. 3 in the NFL Alumni Artisan Home Tour. Attendees were transported by motor coach to four homes built by Denali Custom Homes, John Kraemer & Sons, Lecy Bros. Homes & Remodeling and Stonewood LLC followed by a luncheon reception at the Lafayette Club hosted by former NFL players, including Kurt Knoff, Darrel Tompson, Bart Oates and Matt Blair. The event raised money and awareness for the NFL Alumni and BATC-Housing First Minnesota Foundation during the weekend of the Big Game.

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Lennar Tops the List of Twin Cities Builders for 12th Year in a Row

Lennar Tops the List of Twin Cities Builders for 12th Year in a Row

Results from a recent survey by Housing First Minnesota show that Lennar was the state’s top ranked builder once again in 2017. Lennar has held the top spot since 2006. Rankings are based on annual gross revenue as reported by respondents for for-sale housing. Lennar reported gross revenue at $291.9 million for 592 single family homes and 66 multi-family homes (658 total) closed in the 2017 calendar year.

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Baby Boomers in the House Hunt

Baby Boomers in the House Hunt

While much of the discussion has been centered around what millennials want, there should be just as much focus on what the baby boomers are looking for. The 76 million boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, may be getting older, but they are definitely not ready for the retirement home.

Boomers are in a good place financially to drive much of today’s housing activity. As many boomers have their retirement savings in 401ks and already own homes, the all time highs in the stock market and the positive equity for many homeowners disproportionately benefits boomers.

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Housing Market Report: Year-To-Date Single-Family Construction in Select Cities

Housing Market Report: Year-To-Date Single-Family Construction in Select Cities

With inventory of existing housing down to a 15-year low, it’s expected to be a good year for new residential construction. Two months in, single family constructionis up three percent for the state, and up 12 percent in the twin cities year-over-year. One factor that will impact production this year is the labor shortage.

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