Monday, September 26, 2016

WeeHouse Development Planned for St Paul, MN

The development will be made up of weeHouses

A unique housing option — a weeHouse cluster — is being discussed for the East Side.

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A weeHouse is similar to a “tiny home” design, but much more substantial. It is the creation of architects at Alchemy Architects, a Twin Cities-based architectural firm.
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The cluster is being planned with the East Side Neighborhood Development Company, Lunning Wende Associates and with the architects from Alchemy. It would be located near the intersection of Payne and Maryland avenues, on the west side of Payne.
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The planning is still in its very early stages, but the goal is to provide unique, efficient housing that is affordable and close to the Payne Avenue retail corridor.

“If you want economic development, and you want to bring more density of housing to bring those incomes to a commercial corridor you need that density of housing close to it,” said John Vaughn, executive director from East Side Neighborhood Development Company.

ESNDC is leading the process of planning, applying for funding, and finding buyers for this housing development.

The plan is to keep the houses priced between $100,000 to $150,000, to keep them affordable to student-loan-debt-stressed millennials.

The houses would be between 800 to 900 square feet. Cluster developments group homes together to encourage a feeling of community, with a shared garden and green space, and often a courtyard.

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