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Duluth is again offering free land to would-be developers of affordable housing. In the second round of its Rebuild Duluth initiative, deed to promote infill development, the city is taking proposals for eight available sites.
Last winter, when the program launched, the city received more than 30 proposals for 13 available sites.
But of the 13 projects ultimately approved, only seven are still moving forward, according to Ben VanTassel, manager of Duluth's planning and development division. He said some projects were canceled because developers encountered unforeseen site challenges not evident when the properties were covered with snow, and other plans have been derailed by the economic hardships of the COVID pandemic. VanTassel expressed optimism that this time around, with the process beginning before the arrival of snow, people will have a better opportunity to walk the sites and flag any potential challenges.
The pandemic also has caused the cost of building materials to soar.
With more people spending large amounts of time at home, efforts to socially distance have given rise to a large of home improvement projects. His company still plans to move ahead with its plans to construct a square-foot home in Lincoln Park as part of the Rebuild Duluth initiative. As a result of those higher prices and an already busy schedule this construction season, MacInnes said he and his partners have decided to push off plans to build a one-bedroom studio loft home on Restormel Street until Under program guidelines, developers were to finish construction beforebut VanTassel said it's likely that will be a somewhat flexible deadline, given some of the complications people have encountered since the COVID outbreak occurred.
The vacant lots being offered up were assembled with the help of the city, the Duluth Economic Development Authority and the Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Many of the properties were tax forfeited.
As best they could, they worked to adjust their plans to what the site called for," he said. The proposals were evaluated and scored by the city with an eye toward affordability, sustainability and innovative de.
The proposals included single-family homes, some with accessory dwelling units attached, duplexes and even townhomes. For more information on the second round of Rebuild Duluth and available lots, visit duluthmn.
Proposals are due by Oct. Trending Articles. Real Estate. Real Estate Duluth to give away 8 more sites to homebuilders looking to provide more affordable housing The COVID pandemic and the rising cost of building materials have complicated the launch of a program intended to increase Duluth's inventory of affordable housing.
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