Lupe Development Partners, Wall Cos. Plan to Demolish Former Minneapolis Public Works Building for Affordable Housing Development

by Channing Hamilton

MINNEAPOLIS — Lupe Development Partners and Wall Cos. are planning to demolish the former Minneapolis Public Works storage building to construct Snelling Yards, a 90-unit affordable community. The project is a joint venture with Ecumen, which owns the adjacent 100-unit affordable seniors housing development, The Hillock. Lupe Development Partners and Wall Cos. were granted development rights to the property in 2017.

Snelling Yards will offer three- and four-bedroom units. Of the total unit count, 26 will be reserved for residents who earn up to 30 percent of the area median income (AMI), 39 will be reserved for those who earn up to 50 percent AMI and 13 units will be designated for veterans experiencing homelessness. The development has received more than $2 million from the City of Minneapolis Affordable Housing Trust Fund and another $1.2 million from Hennepin County’s Affordable Housing Incentives Fund and Environmental Response Fund.

The project is pending approval from the Minneapolis City Council, but construction is expected to begin in spring 2024 if the remaining financing is secured.

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