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Continued: Twin Cities metro area communities vie for housing grants

  • Article by: JIM ADAMS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 25, 2014 - 1:47 PM

Lake Elmo, population about 8,100, has never used Met Council grants. The rural city earned 13 points out of 100 last year on the council’s housing performance list, placing ahead of 57 other mostly rural and small municipalities.

“That score might be a little misleading,” said city administrator Dean Zuleger, noting that the city has a mobile home park with 500 low-cost homes. Lake Elmo recently installed sewer lines sought for years by the Met Council, he said, and is improving its long-frayed relationship with the agency.

The city is focusing on the need for housing for aging residents who need to downsize but don’t want to leave town, he said.

“We have done it [development] slowly, so we don’t lose our character,” Zuleger said.

 

Jim Adams • 612-673-7658

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