This story is too good not to post here. If you have ever driven by Fort Snelling you will notice the old Fort’s vacant buildings. These buildings are deteriorating and have been sitting vacant for a long time. They have a lot of architectural appeal and it is a shame to watch them disintegrate from lack of care. Then along comes a need, homeless veterans – I can’t think of a better and more fitting use of this property.
Commonbond Communities and Sand Companies will develop this 4 acre site including 5 historic buildings and create 58 apartment units for homeless veterans and their families. The project is expected to cost $10.2 million, or approx $175,862 per unit. A little on the high side for “apartments”, but considering the restoration involved probably a bargain.
Story from the Pioneer Press
The units will be located in five buildings at the Upper Post that currently are empty or used for storage. The buildings are located along Bloomington Road on the south and west sides of Minnesota 55 and Minnesota 5, the highways that separate the Upper Post buildings from Historic Fort Snelling at the junction of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers.
None of the buildings is visible from the nearby highways, but they are close to soccer fields on the old Fort Snelling site, said Andrew Michaelson, senior housing development manager for CommonBond Communities.
Two of the five buildings originally were quartermaster stables before being converted for other uses including a veterinary hospital and a tank park. Those two buildings and a third structure – built originally as an office and warehouse – will be converted into one-bedroom and efficiency apartments, Michaelson said.
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