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Inspiring Communities

The Inspiring Communities program is a scattered site housing redevelopment strategy that was approved by the Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) Board on October 9, 2013 through Resolution 13-1592. This strategy was created after an extensive analysis of HRA owned property. Recommendations on the disposition of HRA property was approved on July 26, 2013 through Resolution 13-1097 and was presented to neighborhood stakeholders on August 1, 2013.

Inspiring Communities will provide focused investment in cluster areas in neighborhoods most impacted by foreclosure and vacancy. The program funds will assist developers with development gap financing for construction of new housing on vacant lots or rehabilitation of vacant structures. 

Funding for Inspiring Communities was provided by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency and the Minneapolis Saint Paul Housing Finance Board.

Inspiring Communities Goals:

  • Utilize HRA property as a catalyst for neighborhood transformation
  • Construct or rehabilitate 130 lots or buildings to create a variety of housing opportunities in focused cluster areas
  • Create job opportunities for local residents, Section 3 certified businesses, minority, women, or small businesses
  • Inspire innovative, sustainable design and construction methods

2013 Inspiring Communities Request for Proposals Resources
2013 Inspiring Communities Awards
Property Information/Reports

Request for Proposals

RFP Addendum #1 - issued 10/30/2013
RFP Addendum #2 - issued 11/8/2013

Cluster Area Maps:
Dayton's Bluff
Frogtown - revised 10/30/2013
North End
Railroad Island

Homeownership Development Program Manual
The Homeownership Development Program manual was posted for public comment and was revised based on feedback received.

Rental Development Program Manual
The Rental Development Program manual was posted for public comment and was revised based on feedback received.

Developer Resources
The following documents may be useful to developers preparing to respond to the Inspiring Communities RFP or other bidding opportunities and also once projects have been awarded.

Leverage funding sources
Sworn Construction Statement and Affidavit - sample
Notice to Proceed - sample
Draw and title tracking form - sample
Construction pay application - sample
Change order form - sample
Certificate of Substantial and Final Completion - sample
Dayton's Bluff Historic District Handbook
Scope of Work - a Word version of sample scope documents can be found in the zip file

Green Communities Resources

Enterprise Green Communities Certification Portal
Green Products Guide produced by the City of Minneapolis

Additional Bidding Opportunities - As of February 14, 2014
Three properties, 688 4th Street, 694/696 4th Street, and 698 4th Street are available for bidding.

These properties are located within the Dayton's Bluff Historic District. The building is categorized as contributing to the historic district. The work on this project shall conform with the district guidelines. Review "Dayton's Bluff Historic District Guidelines" and understand the project specific requirements prior to submitting bid. With submission of bid the bidder certifies that the bidder has reviewed and understood how the district guidelines govern work on this property.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Marty McCarthy, Project Manager, at 651-266-6552 or .

Mandatory Pre-Bid Site Tour: Rescheduled to Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 1 to 4 p.m.

Bid Due Date: Friday, March 21, 2014, 2:00 p.m. All bids must be delivered to the office of the HRA of Saint Paul, 25 West Fourth Street, Suite 1100, Saint Paul, MN 55102.

Bid Submission Documents
Addendum #1 - Issued 2/20/14
Addendum #2 - Issued 3/4/14
Addendum #3 - Issued 3/10/14
The Dayton's Bluff Historic District Handbook
2/25/14 Walkthrough Contractor Sign-In

688 4th Street

694/696 4th Street

698 4th Street

Bid Results
3/21/14 Bid Results

Inspiring Communities - In the News
  • An article about the disposition strategy overall
  • news story about our properties currently listed for sale
  • feature article about the Wardlaws, homeowners on the block of the Fourth Street Preservation Project
  • An article about the Fourth Street Preservation Project, included in the heart of the Dayton’s Bluff cluster area
  • feature about a partnership with Goodwill Easter Seals and Urban Homeworks, one of the “pre-RFP” projects approved this summer by the HRA board that includes an innovative approach to workforce development

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