The Next Generation of Housing
An early 2016 closing noted the completion of the CLCLT’s Green Homes North Initiative homes. The homes, built in the Lind-Bohanon neighborhood, resulted in a number of “firsts” for the CLCLT and the community, including:
• First new single-family construction for the organization;
• First purposely designed multi-generational, single-family homes in the CLCLT;
• First accessory dwelling units (ADU’s) (newly constructed) under the City of Minneapolis’ new ADU policy;
• First CLCLT homes with solar panel installation!
This past summer, the City of Minneapolis and CLCLT celebrated the near-to-completion of the project. The celebration included comments by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, Minneapolis Council President Barbara Johnson, representatives from Senator Franken and Senator Klobuchar’s offices, and CLCLT homeowner/board member Leticia Selmon. CPED Housing Director, Andrea Brennan, also addressed the attendees. Following the program, attendees were invited to tour the properties and converse with the project partners about the properties.
“The City of Minneapolis’ Green Homes North initiative allowed the CLCLT a great opportunity to create two of the first multi-generational homes in the city utilizing recently adopted Accessory Dwelling Unit use designation,” said Jeff Washburne, Executive Director of the CLCLT. “The creative use of the Community Land Trust also fostered an opportunity to tie long-term solar leases to each of the homes, further tying affordability to energy savings.
Purchase agreements were executed within 30 days of the sale listing. In both case, buyers were seeking a home that would facilitate a parent or other household members in being able to share space under one roof. The homes are now owner-occupied by two households at less than 80% of area median income.