More good municipal planning news from Minnesota
15 years ago the Phillips neighbourhood was similar to many inner-city urban areas: abandoned, derelict buildings abounded, drug traffic was rampant, and residents were fleeing.
Now, through the work of the Hope Community, the area is in the middle of a major revitalization project. The group has acquired homes in the area with the help of the city, rehabilitated 10 houses, and developed a 126 affordable housing units, a playground and a community centre. Plans are in the works for two more projects, one a mixed-use building with 49 rental units and 6,000 sq feet of commercial space.
It appears that the Hope Community has taken a “whole-community” approach to their re-development in an effort to prepare for gentrification as it pushes up from the downtown core. By creating a mix of affordable housing and mixed use properties Hope Community seeks to develop an area that can be revitalized without forcing out existing residents.