Skip to main content

Duluth is giving away free land to build more affordable housing

Applications are due Jan. 2, 2020.

There are currently several vacant lots in Duluth, and the City has decided to give them away for free. 

It's part of a new project called Rebuild Duluth. The program has been launched to reduce housing disparities in Duluth and bring affordable, new development to the city. 

As part of the project, the City has identified 13 vacant, developable sites valued at $5,000 to $15,000. According to KBJR News, many of the lots have been vacant for a long time. 

"If you come up with a good, achievable idea that can provide affordable housing on the land, it's yours. For free," Mayor Emily Larson explains.

That said, the lots up for grabs present certain challenges and developers will need to get creative. Some lots are as narrow as 25 feet, others are located on steep hills.

The project outline says it's looking for "skinny homes" that are tall, narrow, and architecturally appealing. The City also suggests structures that are "slab on grade" without basements and made out of prefabricated structural materials to cut down on costs and building time. 

If you're interested in claiming one of these lots, you'll need to submit an application by Jan. 2, 2020. The application should include a general site and floor plan, as well as a concept level elevation design, construction timeline and budget. 

The construction also must adhere to all City zoning requirements and be completed within 18 months of closing on the lot. 

The City will review and select applicants based on the rubric on page 9 of the program outline. The rubric includes things like lot density, construction timelines, landscaping, energy efficiency, and affordability. 

Selected applicants will be notified mid-February and, following development meetings, the land will be transferred in the spring. 

Next Up

line 3 enbridge portage lake hubbard county mn tony webster flickr

Months after missing deadline, Enbridge says Line 3 aquifer breach is fixed

The company told Bring Me The News it "successfully stopped the flow of groundwater" at the site.

canada bodies found

Baby, teenager among 4 found dead along MN, Canada border

Authorities believe all four froze to death.

unsplash roller rink skates CROP

Former roller rink, tennis courts will become new sports hub

The Wooddale Fun Zone has been closed since spring of 2020.

hibachi daruma

Popular hibachi food truck opens second Twin Cities restaurant

The much-anticipated Daruma opens for takeout Thursday evening.

20211128_Vikings_49ers_REG12_0144 (1)

What changes are coming to the Vikings' offensive line?

Once again, Minnesota has work to do to figure out its interior spots

Kris Ehresmann

One of Minnesota's key COVID-19 leaders is retiring

Kris Ehresmann has given more than 30 years of her life to public health in Minnesota.

summit beach park orono

Plan to develop Orono park on hold after Daytons object

The Dayton family donated the land to the city for the park in the 1970s.

covid nurse doctor hospital wikimedia commons

Child from Twin Cities, school staff member die from COVID

Both deaths were reported by the Minnesota Department of Health Thursday.

snow

3 clippers will deliver snow to Minnesota through Tuesday

Clippers move through Friday night, Saturday night and again Monday.

Screen Shot 2022-01-20 at 10.45.51 AM

Video: Inebriated Sheriff Dave Hutchinson after high-speed crash

Hutchinson was unaware of his location and repeatedly said he wasn't driving.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, January 20

A Mayo Clinic data scientists believes omicron may have already peaked in parts of Minnesota, though that reality won't show up in the reported cases until at least next week.

hospital, emergency room

2 dead, 1 critical after being found unconscious in garage

The men were believed to have been drinking together and possibly using drugs.

Related

duluth lighthouse

Want a lighthouse? The U.S. Coast Guard is giving one away in Duluth

Federal, state and local agencies, as well as some nonprofits are eligible to take over the lighthouses for free.

House for sale

MN house prices rising despite pandemic, though pending sales are tumbling

The coronavirus crisis is having an impact on the real estate market, just not house prices.

Minneapolis approves new tower despite objections over rooftop sign

City planners had objected to a request for a sign at the top of the skyscraper.