Howe School May Become Senior Housing

Two closed schools in South Minneapolis may see new life as Senior Housing projects, according to the report below from 12 Ward Citycouncilperson Sandy Colvin Roy’s newsletter (Sign up to receive it here):

Senior Housing Proposed for Howe and Northrup School sites

Minneapolis Public Schools has entered into an agreement with United Properties (UP), the developer of high quality senior housing in our region, for the purchase of Howe and Northrup School sites. UP plans to build senior cooperative community housing. The sale is contingent upon may factors, including UP’s ability to get city approval for the proposed project(s). Right now, UP is exploring whether demand in the area for ownership units in a senior setting is sufficient for one or two projects.

UP has been working with Longfellow Community Council and residents to learn about local values and priorities. One issue identified by the year-long community process for the Howe site is that preservation of the old building is important. The UP design for the Howe site will re-use the old building and add new construction for up to 85 units, depending on demand.

Introductory informational meetings for potential buyers will be held in January to present details on the building designs, maintenance free cooperative lifestyle, floor plans and pricing. These meetings will help determine the level of interest and support for the senior cooperative communities, but anyone should feel free to attend and learn more.

The meeting to focus primarily on the Howe school site will be held Monday, January 11 at 1:00 p.m. at the Riverview Theater on 42nd Avenue South.

A second meeting focused primarily on the Northrop school site will be held on Thursday, January 14 at 9:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1720 East Minnehaha Parkway.

Sounds good to me. I hope someone finds a use for Cooper School as well.

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