State Fund to Help Enhance Cloquet’s Core

Residential, Commercial Rehabilitation Top Priorities

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Cloquet has been awarded nearly $1 million through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to help fund major improvement projects in the area.

City officials hope these funds bring vibrancy back to the downtown district.

The money will be used to help pay costs for residential and commercial housing rehabilitation. 

The old downtown, Cloquet Avenue, Avenue C and 21st Street are a few of the areas that need a little tender loving care. 

There are some buildings that are really in need of some repair and updating. 

The money from the state will help restore 24 homes, 8 rental units and 10 commercial properties. 

“It will be used to improve the envelope of a building, the foundation, siding, windows and things like that,” said Cloquet’s community development director, Holly Butcher. 

Basic remodeling is not included but city officials are hoping to preserve the exteriors. 

“Whether that be a new awning or something to spruce up the building along with a major building enhancement,” said Butcher. 

Butcher says they already have a long waiting list of possible projects.

The funds only help provide funding to those that may not have the availability to have that funding in place. 

Applicants have to live in the target area of the projects and meet income requirements. 

Annual household income must fall for one person must fall under $26,050; two people, $41,200; 3 people, $46,350; 4 people, $51,450; 5 people, $55,600; 6 people, $59,700; 7 people, $63,800; 8 people, $67,950. 

They’re upgrades a decade in the making to make Cloquet a more inviting place to call home. 

“Any time that we can reinvest a million dollars back into the properties we have here in town has a significant impact,” said Butcher. 

Cloquet received the most rehabilitation funds in the state. 

Many or the projects are expected to start in the fall.

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