Park 7

Project Location: 7th St S. Minneapolis, MN 55404

Nominated by: Community Housing Development Corporation

The Park 7 project created 61 efficiency units for low-income individuals in a four-story building in the heart of the Downtown East neighborhood of Minneapolis near House of Charity, the organization which will provide support for its residents. This is a portion of downtown that has been considered “out of reach” for any type of affordable housing concept. Park 7 replaced an outdated one-story building with higher density development and created a more livable and safer built environment in the neighborhood.

The site’s previous use was also residential. Early on, the greatest challenge was finding a site in downtown Minneapolis that was not more than two blocks from House of Charity’s existing transitional housing and service center. The cost of land was prohibitive for any affordable housing and required a creative effort by the development team to assemble the parcels and design an infill building that could be constructed within the parameters of affordable housing funding restrictions and caps. In addition to the capital, operating, and service funding scarcity, the timelines and levering requirements of the various funds are often conflicting. The largest financing award received was a first-time ever allocation of the Federal Affordable Housing Trust Funds to Minnesota. The result was a development timeline of 5 years, requiring patient funders and stakeholders.

Environmental investigations completed to date at the site and have identified fill materials with intermixed concrete, brick, slag, wood and/or glass debris. The fill soils were impacted by polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and BaP equivalents and various metals, specifically lead and mercury. The impacted fill material with intermixed debris was present across the entire Site. In addition, asbestos containing materials were identified in the existing structures.

A modern, accessible structure has replaced a less-dense, outdated residential building constructed with hazardous materials. The Park 7 development is well situated near transit and services, which is key to the population it serves. All 61 units provide permanent supportive housing for long-term homeless (LTH) individuals. Of the 61 units, 21 will serve individuals with a chemical dependence diagnosis, a serious mental illness, or other dual diagnoses. Ten units will serve LTH persons with disabilities. LTH youth ages 18-25 will be served in ten units and additional services for these youths will be provided through case management by Youthlink.

Project Financing

  • National Housing Trust Fund
  • MN State Housing Infrastructure Bonds
  • Met Council LHIA
  • MET Council TBRA
  • TBRA
  • Hennepin County AHIF
  • City of Minneapolis AHTF
  • Sales Tax Rebate
  • Energy Rebate

Project Partners

  • Trellis Co. (Owner and Developer)
  • House of Charity (Sponsor, Owner, Service Provider )
  • Trellis Management (Property Manager)
  • UrbanWorks Architecture (Architect)
  • Watson Forsberg (Geberal Contractor )
  • City of Minneapolis (Lender)
  • Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (Lender)
  • Metropolitan Council (Lender)
  • Hennepin County (Lender)