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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 were approved on July 26, 2013 through Resolution 13-1097 and were 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.

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

Housing and Redevelopment Authority Vacant Lots for Sale
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The HRA is selling 30 vacant lots in the following Saint Paul neighborhoods: Eastview-Conway-Battle Creek-Highwood Hills, Greater Eastside, West Side, Dayton's Bluff, Payne-Phalen, North End, and Summit-University.

Applications to purchase lots will be accepted for a 30-day period from Monday, June 8th to Wednesday, July 1st, 2015.

For additional details and a comprehensive list of the available properties, click here.

Request for Demolition Bids

Five properties are available under separate contracts for demolition bidding: 275 Bates Avenue, 700 4th Street East, 767 4th Street East, 737 Plum Street, and 716 Wilson Avenue. With submission of bid the bidder certifies that the bidder has reviewed and understood the guidelines associated with demolition.

Bid Due Date: Friday, July 17, 2015 by 3:00 p.m. Bids may be submitted to Ashley Foell in person, via email, or mailed to her attention at: 25 West 4th Street, Suite 1100, Saint Paul, MN 55102.

Please Note: The demolition of each site is contingent upon Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) approval. Due to this requirement, the earliest start date is Fall 2015. Demolition will not proceed if approval is not received for a site.

275 Bates Avenue
Demolition Bid Specifications
Site Plan
Asbestos Report
Lead Report

700 4th Street East
Demolition Bid Specifications
Site Plan
Asbestos Report
Lead Report

767 4th Street East
Demolition Bid Specifications
Site Plan
Asbestos Report
Lead Report

737 Plum Street
Demolition Bid Specifications
Site Plan
Asbestos and Lead Report

716 Wilson Avenue
Demolition Bid Specifications
Site Plan
Asbestos and Lead Report

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Ashley Foell at 651-266-6553 or .

2014 Inspiring Communities Request for Proposals

Developer Resources
The following sample documents may be useful to developers to whom projects have been awarded.

Sworn Construction Statement and Affidavit
Notice to Proceed
Draw and title tracking form
Construction pay application
Change order form
Certificate of Final Completion
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

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
  • A time lapse video of a deck and rain garden being built at an Inspiring Communities home. Greater Frogtown Community Development Corporation is partnering with the Minnesota Chapter of the United States Green Building Council to rehab the house with the help of numerous volunteers.

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