Since its inception in 1978, the Federation has prioritized development of the housing stock of its neighborhoods. From the restoration of the Irvine Park neighborhood in the 1970's to it's involvment in the Schmidt Brewery, the Federation utilizes public and private resources to help transform historic, urban neighborhoods from blighted and endangered to rehabilitated and thriving.
Little Bohemia In 2008 the neighborhood now known as Little Bohemia was declared a "blighted" neighborhood and eligible for funding from the City of Saint Paul via the Invest St Paul and Neighborhood Stabilization programs.
Designed to help neighborhoods hard hit by the housing foreclosure crisis, these programs provide funding to purchase, rehabilitate and resell some of the beautiful old homes in our neighborhood. In partnership with the City of Saint Paul, and the Little Bohemia Neighborhood Association, the Fort Road Federation is leading the effort to rehabilitate 18 properties included in the Invest St Paul and Neighborhood Stabilization programs.
Phase I Work began in 2011 and in 2012, two rehabilitated houses on Banfil Ave were sold. The Thurwald house, a historic home built by a local merchant in the 1880's, was move from its former location on 384 Smith Ave, to its current home at 29 Douglas St. In the spring of 2013, two more houses, 386 Harrison Ave and 22 Douglas Street were sold.
Phase II At the end of 2013, 17 undeveloped/rehabilitated properties remain in Little Bohemia ISP/NSP area. In January 2014, the City's Housing and Redevelopment Authority granted the Federation developer status and purchased 8 properties for the next phase of development. The 8 houses will be renovated over the course of the next 2 years. During the fall/winter of 2015-16, four houses on Forbes Ave completed rehabilitation and were sold. They are 29 Douglas St; 280, 282, 286 and 288 Forbes Ave.
The remaining properties owned by the HRA are in various stages of acquisition and rehabilitation.
For more information on the Little Bohemia residential development project, contact the Fort Road Federation at 651.298.5599 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Little Bohemia, visit the Little Bohemia Neighborhood Association website at littlebohemiastpaul.org
Previous Work In Little Bohemia The Federation has a long history of residential development in the Little Bohemia neighborhood, including these projects:
The project was designed for various incomes and livings styles and includes new and rehabilitated single family housing, new townhouse units and restoration of the Funk Mansion.
Included in the development is the 22 unit River Heights Townhomes developed by Brighton Development Corporation and the Federation. In 2003, 1000 Friends of Minnesota awarded the Federation a Smart Growth award for the Brewery Project