ULI Minnesota News

New Brownfield and Health Tool Helps Give Blighted Sites a Healthy Second Chance


Revitalizing brownfield sites offers an opportunity for communities to spur economic growth, resolve neighborhood blight, increase community connectivity, restore ecological balance and promote public health. The benefits are tremendous, but often the task of transforming these sites into productive community assets can present challenges, including the complicated process of identifying and prioritizing the redevelopment strategies that will best meet the long-term needs of the environment and community.  Minnesota Brownfields and the Minnesota Department of Health have developed a Brownfield and Health Indicator Tool to help community planners, architects, developers and … Read More

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Bloomington HRA Issues RFP for Four Residential Lots

The Bloomington Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) is seeking proposals from builders and developers for the sale of four residential lots,  4008, 4020, 4030 and 4100, on 108th Street West in Bloomington.  The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the sale of the four lots is available on the Bloomington HRA webpage.  Parties interested in purchasing the lots should review the RFP and follow the instructions. If you have any questions, please contact HRA Administrator Doug Grout at dgrout@BloomingtonMN.gov or call 952-563-8940.  

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Sign Up to Attend “Complexity: Dutch and American Housing” This Fall!

ULI Minnesota is proud to support “Complexity: Dutch and American Housing,” a symposium at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture within the College of Design. The symposium will explore the similarities and differences between the way housing is designed, developed, and constructed in the Netherlands and in the United States, as a way to create new practices. The dialogue is inspired by complex housing, a special form of housing developed in Northern Europe, provides an innovative model that includes: Moderate to high density Mixed income housing Dwellings for purchase … Read More

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PlanIt Publishes New Resources for Local Planning Handbook


PlanIt is the Metropolitan Council’s effort to provide educational opportunities for the 2040 comprehensive plan update process, and newly published resources in the Local Planning Handbook are now available! Remember to regularly check the Resource Library for new information. Below is the list of new and updated Fact Sheets. These can be found under the Housing topic. City Development Powers to Create Legal Entities Collaborating on Housing Strategies Site Assembly Tax Abatement Housing Preservation Tools Rental Licensing and Inspection Homeownership Support Programs Municipal Bond Issuance Recognized Tools and Resources (Updated) … Read More

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ULI Minnesota’s Cathy Bennett Contributes to Experts Forum on Mixed-Income Housing

Cathy Bennett, leader of ULI Minnesota’s Housing Initiative and Advisory Services, recently contributed to a forum on building mixed-income housing with Finance & Commerce. She joined a panel of four other real estate and land use leaders which included ULI members and representatives from ULI Minnesota sponsors the Family Housing Fund, BKV Group, and Sherman Associates. Learn more about these experts and read the edited discussion at the link below. Experts Forum: How to Make Mixed-Income Housing Happen

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Check out the “Singing Mayors” from MinnRoast 2017!


On Friday, April 28th, MinnPost held its annual MinnRoast event at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. Among the many featured performers were eight suburban mayors singing “We’ve Been Governing the Suburbs,” a parody of the famous folk song “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.” These mayors are also members of the Regional Council of Mayors. Here’s the full list of performers who graced the MinnRoast stage: Mayor Jim Hovland, City of Edina and RCM Co-chair Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens, City of Woodbury and RCM Co-chair Mayor Denny Laufenburger, City of Chanhassen Mayor … Read More

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Business Outreach Coordinator Opportunity with the City of Saint Paul

The City of Saint Paul, MN is hiring a Business Outreach Coordinator to: Market Saint Paul as a great place to do business. Develop and execute strategies for effectively landing new and expanding businesses in Saint Paul, spurring job and tax base growth, consistent with the city’s Economic Development Strategy. Lead a strategic team approach to identify, prioritize, and initiate business retention, expansion, and attraction visits. Join a team that is passionate about building a vibrant Saint Paul! We’re seeking candidates who are entrepreneurial, with a strong background in business … Read More

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Serve as a Board Associate at CommonBond and Make a Difference in Your Community!

Care about affordable housing? Want to help people with low- and moderate-incomes achieve their goals? Thought about joining a nonprofit Board, but weren’t confident you could help? CommonBond Communities is now accepting applications to its new Board Associates Program. CommonBond is interested in engaging young professionals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who are interested in learning about and gaining experience in board service while being mentored by a current board member. For more information, check out the Board Recruitment Flyer.

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ULI Study: Immigrants Driving Household Growth

Immigrants Driving Housing Demand A newly published study by the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Housing found that immigrant families are responsible for 28% of household growth in the United States over the last two decades. The study, Home in America: Immigrants and Housing Demand, evaluated five different types of immigrant communities in five different major metropolitan areas–San Francisco, Houston, Minneapolis, Buffalo, Charlotte, and Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Using data from the American Community Survey, the study determined that if not for the continued strong demand for homeownership among immigrant populations, housing markets would … Read More

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MnDOT Technical Assistance Panel Featured in UrbanLand Magazine


Last June, ULI Minnesota convened a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, focused on freeway lid opportunities along I-94 and at I-35W near Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. This project looked at how MnDOT can develop a 21st century strategy for freeway construction and was our organization’s biggest and most complex TAP to date. The result was a concept called the Healthy Communities Initiative aimed at restoring the physical, environmental, economic and social health of communities along the interstate. Now, Archana Pyati has written a story for UrbanLand, the … Read More

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