Why 1,000 Housing Units at Hillcrest
Before purchasing the Hillcrest site, the Saint Paul Port Authority conducted a market study which pointed to the fact that the City could absorb up to 1,000 housing units at Hillcrest. While the master plan determines where housing units will be built, community engagement will influence multiple factors including:
- Ownership structures
- Affordability levels
- Multi-generational options
- Neighborhood aesthetics
In addition to grass roots community engagement throughout the summer and fall of 2021, we will create two work groups that will address the housing areas at Hillcrest. The first will zero-in on housing options. The second will focus on design and aesthetics. These meetings will kick-off in late 2021 or early 2022.
We have also heard from Hillcrest neighbors that shared community spaces are needed. While we don’t have the resources to build, manage, or maintain a community center, we are looking at alternate options. Options that will give groups and organizations the space they need to come together.
Selecting a Housing Developer
For the housing plan to be successful, we need the right housing developer(s) to support the wants and needs of the community. As part of this process, we will cast a wide net and advertise aggressively in the open market. Before selecting a developer, we need to work with the community to identify housing goals for the site.