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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

Inspiring Communities Request for Proposals

*September 2015 RFP submittals are in the process of being reviewed. The properties below are not currently available.

Inspiring Communities Program Training Slides November 17, 2014

2015 Cluster Area Maps:
Dayton's Bluff and Railroad Island
Little Bohemia
All 2015 RFP Properties

September 2015 RFP Property List:
2015 RFP Property List and Reports

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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