EAST SIDE COMMONS
East Side Commons is now accepting applications for newly renovated units. See East Side Commons under Rental Properties for a link to the leasing agent or call 651-771-0481.
In November 2011, in partnership with East Side Neighborhood Development Company, we began the substantial rehab of 48 units on the East Side of St. Paul. The project also includes the addition of three new units. At the completion of the project, there will be 51 units of high- quality affordable housing in an area that has seen tremendous disinvestment and deterioration for many years.
While the physical improvements are dramatic, it’s the residents that provide the most valuable feedback. Approximately half the units have been occupied during the construction and some of those residents are now moving into newly renovated units. One resident named Kalin kept repeating “I LOVE it; you did a great job!” Horatious remarked, “Thank you for keeping your promise; they did an amazing job, and now I need to take pictures to show all my co-workers.”
Tammy Schnaible, the Real Estate Equities Portfolio Director responsible for the management of the site has also experienced the great positive reactions of the community. “Day after day all we hear from residents and prospective tenants is that they love what they have seen so far, and they can’t wait to see what it will look like once it’s all done. What a great community East Side Commons has become.” “I enjoy seeing all the smiles on the residents’ faces when I walk through their permanent home with them. They state this is well worth the wait and having to move twice. Residents are overjoyed with the central air and the washer and dryer provided and they love the choice of color for the carpet because it’s darker and with kids it’s much more durable. They also love the blinds and how thick they are; not flimsy and easily breakable. But most of all, everyone loves that they have a patio to sit on and can put patio furniture on.”
John Vaughn, the Executive Director of East Side Neighborhood Development Company, speaks to the project’s individual and neighborhood importance. “I drove by the new townhome last week. It was about 95 degrees and a bunch of kids who just moved in were dancing in the sprinkler spray. They were having the time of their lives and it was great to see.” “I know the nearby Contender for the Faith Church and the folks at the Wilder Rec. Center are thrilled with the East Side Commons project. Really, the whole neighborhood has been working hard on safety and breaking down social isolation in that immediate area. This project is helping on both fronts.” “These units of affordable housing in East Side Commons fill an important need in the community as we struggle to keep low income residents in stable housing.”
As you can see we are well on our way to a very successful project. Thanks to all of you who have been and continue to be part of the process. We look forward completing the project this fall and having an Open House so that you can see firsthand the fruits of all of our labor.
The East Side Commons development includes the following locations:
@ 868 Bradley St., St. Paul, MN 55130
(formerly known as Bradley Terrace Cooperative)
14 2-bedroom townhomes
14 3-bedroom townhomes
2 4-bedroom townhomes
@ 605 York, St. Paul, MN 55130
(formerly known as York Village Townhomes)
3 2-bedroom townhomes
6 3-bedroom townhomes
4 4-bedroom townhomes
8 Apartment Units
@ 987 Payne Ave, St. Paul, MN 55130
4 Studio apartments
3 1-bedroom apartments
1 2-bedroom apartments
See East Side Commons under TCHDC Rental Properties for more details about amenities.
ST. PHILIP’S GARDENS
Preserving the Legacy of a Small Urban Church
TCHDC’s newest acquisition is St. Philip’s Gardens, a 55 unit affordable housing development in the Summit University neighborhood of St. Paul. St. Philip’s Gardens is a property with significant relevance to the Summit-University area. In 1972, it was developed by the small inner-city church, St. Philips Episcopal, as housing for the working poor of the community.
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church was started in 1894 as St. Philip’s Mission. The church served the African American community for over a century and grew to a multicultural congregation serving the area, while retaining the special African American warmth, spirit, and music. As the congregation aged, St. Philip’s merged with another small church with the same service mission; and the church moved from the area in 2008.
The church retained ownership of the affordable rental property after the merger. The congregation members of the original church did their best to oversee the operations of the property however, that became increasingly difficult as members aged or moved away. The board recognized this and took steps to find a new owner.
TCHDC acquired the property in 2012 and began the substantial renovation in January of 2013. All units will remain affordable and the Section 8 contract currently in place for 41 of the units will be preserved.
TCHDC is honored to have the opportunity to carry on the legacy of affordable housing began by St. Philip’s Episcopal 40 years ago, and to help assure that the property will provide high-quality affordable housing for many years to come.
St. Philip’s Gardens is located at 754 Concordia Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55103.
St. Philip's Gardens consists of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments and townhomes.
In November 2011 TCHDC completed the substantial renovation of Northgate Woods, a 75-unit affordable rental property for seniors and families, in Blaine. Each unit at Northgate Woods has a Section 8 subsidy which allows the property to serve the lowest income families. The property was originally developed in 1981 and was in need of substantial updates. The scope of work included complete replacement of all interior finishes, significant modifications to the site to improve circulation, drainage and overall appearance and a redesign of the exteriors to bring them up to date assure another thirty years of performance. The total cost of the project was $14,840,000. The residents are thrilled with their new homes and we look forward to providing high quality affordable housing at Northgate Woods for another thirty years. The property was also recently nominated for a Minnesota Multi-Housing MADACS award (the Multi-housing Achievement in Design, Advertising and Community Support award).
Northgate Woods includes a 30 unit apartment building for seniors and disabled persons and 45 town homes for families:
29 1-bedroom apartments
1 2-bedroom apartment units
45 2,3 and 4-bedroom townhomes
See Northgate Woods under TCHDC Rental Properties for more information about amenities and leasing agent contact information.