Housing Replacement Program

Housing Replacement Program Summary
The Housing Replacement Program was adopted by the Economic Development Authority (EDA) in April of 2000. It is designed to address homes that are beyond the scope of rehabilitation. The city’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) assists Property Owners of homes that are beyond repair or not economically feasible to rehabilitate. Often times, homes in poor condition cannot be sold on the private market. Generally, these homes are considered blighted or structurally deficient.

The program sponsors the replacement of deteriorating lower value housing on scattered sites throughout the City with larger, higher value single-family housing.  Replacement is achieved through voluntary acquisition from a willing seller or from a homeowner requesting demolition assistance in order to make his or her own housing replacement plans financially possible. Under the Housing Replacement Program, an owner may approach the EDA and request them to make an offer to purchase the property for fair market value.If the Property Owner extends and accepts an offer, the EDA would purchase the property, demolish the structure and resell the lot for redevelopment of a new single family home.

The EDA also assists homeowners who desire to retain their lot and rebuild a new home by providing financial assistance for the demolition costs, thus saving the homeowner $8,000-$10,000. There are no income limits to participate in this program. Owners interested in obtaining additional information about the program may contact 651-552-4140. Under the Housing Replacement Program, fifteen new homes have been built in West St. Paul since 2001!

Option 1: Acquisition
The following three are examples of properties that have been purchased by the EDA under "Option 1: Acquisition" for demolition, resale and redevelopment.

View the photo gallery of the reconstruction projects.

443 Bernard St E
Designed by an award-winning architect, Ahern Construction and the Brunn family constructed a 3-bedroom, 1,635 finished sq. ft. single-family home with a 2-car garage.  The home was purchased by the EDA through tax-forfeiture.

812 Dodd Rd
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) demolished the structure. The new structure is a single story, 3-bedroom home with a tuck under garage. Total estimated development cost by TCHFH for this site is $140,000.

236 Annapolis St E

The structure at 236 Annapolis St E was demolished and Hometown, Inc., a custom builder, constructed a 3-bedroom home with a 2- car garage.

290 Hurley St E
This property was acquired by the EDA. The structure was demolished and the lot offered for resale and redevelopment. A two-story home was constructed on the lot.

Option 2: Demolition Assistance
Additional properties are in various stages of redevelopment under "Option 2: Demolition Assistance." Under this option, owners choose to retain their property and apply for reimbursement from the EDA for demolition of their dwelling with an agreement that it will be replaced with housing meeting EDA guidelines. The EDA anticipates finalizing development agreements with several property owners in the near future.

More Information
For more information on the Housing Replacement Program, to be added to the mailing list to receive notification of EDA for-sale properties, to inquire about the possible sale of a property to the EDA or to apply for demolition assistance, please contact the Community Development Director at 651-552-4140.

Map of Housing Replacement Properties
View the map of the 15 Housing Replacement Properties built in West St. Paul since 2001.