Mounds View council moves forward with project to reinvest in housing

House identified on Red Oak Drive

The Mounds View City Council unanimously approved a resolution that supports a Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity project.

In a staff report to the council, Economic Development Specialist Heidi Steinmetz wrote that the Mounds View Economic Development Authority received $100,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding in 2012 to acquire a vacant and/or foreclosed residential lot in the city.

The vacant/blighted home would be demolished, and the lot would be donated to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. At least 70 percent of the funds must be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income people, she wrote.

At the Feb. 11 council meeting, City Administrator Jim Ericson said that a house on Red Oak Drive had been identified for the project. A purchase offer was submitted to the property owner and the city was still waiting on a response.

According to Ramsey County, there is no deadline for when the project has to be completed or when the funds have to be used.

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity would like to apply for additional HOME funds to use toward the construction of the project in Mounds View. HOME is the largest federal block grant to state and local governments, which is designed to create affordable housing for low-income households. The resolution that was approved by the council also supports the application for HOME funds.

 

Contact Kassie Petermann at kassie.petermann@ecm-inc.com

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