Plan would turn Fort Snelling buildings into affordable housing; Project manager says plan would preserve historic landmarks

Published 10:15 am Thursday, July 23, 2015

ST. PAUL — Officials have announced a $100 million redevelopment project to transform Fort Snelling’s historic military buildings into 190 rental apartments for low-income families.

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and officials of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced the proposal Wednesday to overhaul and preserve the Fort Snelling Upper Post near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Larry G. Peterson, park manager and Upper Post project manager, says the proposal will “preserve 26 of the most historic buildings in Minnesota.”

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Dominium, an affordable housing development and management company in Plymouth, submitted the proposal. Dominium is negotiating a lease with the DNR that will then be approved by the Minnesota State Executive Council.

The proposal has received preliminary approval. The Star Tribune reports the renovation could break ground in 2017.