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DULUTH - Affordable housing is becoming harder and harder to
find in Duluth.
"We've recently lost the Kozy Apartments, which were
for very low income people, about 36–38 apartments. We also lost the Carter Hotel
which was about 28–32 apartments," said Keith Hamre, director of planning
and construction for the city of Duluth.
And most recently, the Seaway has been condemned, which
includes more than 60 apartments.
Some of those people may find solace in a new
affordable family housing project in the city's old firehouse.
"It gives people that have a lower income an
opportunity to rent affordably, a really quality apartment," said Jeff
Corey, executive director of One Roof Community Housing.
The project targets working families earning between $20,000
and $39,000 a year.
The city says fewer places are being re-developed because juggling
renovation costs with rent can be difficult.
"They're not going to charge the market rate rent which
is about $700 or $750 a month. They're going to charge something less than that
and that means they're going to have to find other resources," said Hamre.
The project will provide more than 40 multi–bedroom
apartments in a historic building.
It also meets the city's goal of continuing
re-development in its urban core.
Hamre said, "That's where a lot of our housing stock is
now and where a lot of our infrastructure is."
"It's a lot of investment in the neighborhood and it's
going to be a lot of folks that are going to be living there and spending a lot
of their money in that area. That will bring good things for the neighborhood,"