The CDA says goodbye to long time board member

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Long-time board member Mike Schacterle (center) receives recognition for his years of service.

The CDA would like to thank Mike Schacterle for his long time service to our organization. Mike attended his last board meeting in December of 2015. During his tenure on our board, Mike served as both Vice-Chair and Chair and oversaw our many accomplishments as an agency. His dedication to advancing the mission of the CDA will always be greatly appreciated. We wish Mike well in all his future endeavors.

Lake Grace Apartments Awarded HUD Section 811 Program Funding

Carver County CDA is one of two properties in Minnesota awarded funds under the new demonstration HUD Section 811 program. [Read more…]

Carver County CDA Working with Minnesota Housing to Provide First-time Homebuyer Loans

Carver County CDA is partnering with Minnesota Housing to make resources available to first-time homebuyers through the Start Up loan program. [Read more…]

U of M Resilient Communities Project Partners with Carver County to Advance Community Sustainability

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (03/16/2015) — The University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project (RCP) is pleased to announce that Carver County has been selected as its partner community for the 2015–2016 academic year. [Read more…]

Affordable Housing Isn’t Easy

Bluff-Creek Apartments

The Carver County CDA and our individual cities struggle to provide our residents affordable housing.

Why?  Oftentimes, the cost to build exceeds what can be received in rents or sales proceeds to make the project feasible.  Furthermore, many incomes for younger people as well as seniors do not cover the typical asking rents or mortgage payments required to afford a home.  There has been significant research done on this topic.

The CDA has provided two articles below for further information, and we encourage all city leaders and residents to read them for further insight and education:

Working Doesn’t Always Pay For A HomeAffordable Rental Housing Does Not Reduce Property Values

Housing for Veterans

Lake Grace Housing

In early 2014, Metro HRA awarded Lake Grace Apartments three Project Based Voucher units for homeless veterans.

A one, two and three bedroom unit will be filled by households meeting requirements for Metro HRA’s Section 8 program, in addition to veteran and homeless status. Households will pay 30% of their adjusted monthly income towards rent and Metro HRA will subsidize the remainder. Two of the three units are currently occupied by households, while the property is working on filling the third unit with an eligible household.

Major Remodel of Centennial Hill Senior Residence

CentennialHill_669x430In 1995, the City of Chanhassen and the CDA entered into a Joint Powers Agreement to enable the construction of Centennial Hill Apartments, which provided 65 units of housing for seniors in the City of Chanhassen.

As it approached its twentieth anniversary year, the project was in need of a variety of improvements.  The CDA requested the City of Chanhassen’s continued support of the project by providing its general obligation backing in support of housing bonds to fund $1,550,000 in building improvements and to refund the $2,960,000 of outstanding 2004 bonds resulting in a substantial saving on interest rates since the original project.

The Building Improvements

Kass Wilson Architects was retained on the project and one of the primary purposes of the project was to repair the existing plaza which had leaking issues for many years. The project included a complete reconstruction of the plaza waterproofing system. The plaza was then refinished with a new heated walkway and concrete topping.

The project also included site improvements to collect water from the plaza and direct it away from the building, which was critical to successfully deal with the plaza water issues and to stabilize a retaining wall that had been destabilized by the accumulation of water.

The project also included improvements to the building designed to reduce ongoing maintenance costs and increase energy efficiencies. The improvements included:
  • New windows
  • Replacement of existing vinyl siding with new cement fiber board
  • Refinishing the existing decks and wrapping the face boards with aluminum along with the addition of new aluminum railings
  • Refinishing and restriping the asphalt parking lot
  • New landscaping
The Centennial redevelopment and upgrade project team included:
  • Carver County CDA
  • City of Chanhassen
  • Kass Wilson Architects
  • Eagle Builders
  • Springsted Inc.
  • Steve Dunbar, Ivy Properties

Grant Awarded to Develop Land Trust Townhomes In Waconia


Carver County CDA awarded grant from Minnesota Housing and Metropolitan Council to develop new Carver County Land Trust Townhomes in Waconia

Partnerships with City of Waconia and Ridgeview Medical Center Critical to providing Affordable Housing

The Carver County Community Development Agency was notified in November that it was awarded a grant of $129,300 from Minnesota Housing and $31,000 from the Metropolitan Council for its proposed Waconia Community Land Trust Townhome project to be developed at Waterford Second Addition, Waconia in 2015.  The project will include 4 newly constructed townhome units that will allow the Carver County CDA to expand its Carver County Community Land Trust housing program.  The CDA developed a partnership between the City of Waconia and Ridgeview Medical Center to provide the much needed affordable housing in Waconia.

Bob Stevens, CEO of Ridgeview Medical states, “Ridgeview Medical views affordable housing as key to the success of a healthy and balanced community and we were pleased to provide grant funds through our Ridgeview Medical Center to work with our key project partners and make it happen.”

The project will advance the housing goals of the City of Waconia as well as the 2030 Carver County Comprehensive Plan and Housing Implementation Plan which are to diversify the housing stock of the City of Waconia by creating affordable workforce housing for individuals and families earning less than 80% of area median income; preserving housing affordability by including units in the Land Trust, and promoting the economic integration of the City of Waconia.

The Carver County Community Development Agency’s mission is to provide housing opportunities and foster economic development in Carver County.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Brenda Lano, Supervisor of Housing Programs at (952) 556-2782 or email Brenda.

Park and Ride Project

Carver Station

The Park and Ride project (Carver Station) is located in the City of Carver, south of State Highway 212 and west and adjacent to Jonathan Carver Parkway. This project was developed by a partnership between the City of Carver, the Carver County CDA, Carver County, Southwest Transit, Mattamy Homes, Ron Clark Construction, Minnesota Housing and the Metropolitan Council. The project includes economic development, public transportation, new single family housing, parks, trails, high density apartments, underpass, and storm water enhancements all wrapped up into one 36 acre parcel the CDA bought back in 2010 to be a catalyst for development in Carver.

Carver Station Park and Ride Resident Guide (pdf)

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