Updated: January 27, 2021 06:27 PM
Created: January 27, 2021 05:34 PM
The Duluth Economic Development Authority has unanimously approved the transfer of five vacant land sites around the city to developers. They plan to construct tiny homes and townhomes on the sites.
Duluth will now lead the state in planned tiny home developments.
The houses will be built as part of the Rebuild Duluth Plan. It allows developers to build on city land for free if they plan housing that meets goals for affordability and sustainability.
In this case, there will be fifteen tiny homes built on vacant land around the city. There will also be townhomes built on those plots of land that are located in the Fairmount, Gary, and Central Hillside neighborhoods.
City of Duluth Senior Housing Developer Jason Hale says this is their way of seeing whether there could be a market for tiny homes moving forward.
"What we're really looking forward to or curious about is 'what is the appetite for this type of housing in Duluth?', said Hale. "This is an opportunity in a way to show, particularly if it's well received, if people rent them, and enjoy living in them, that this is a housing product or type of housing that can happen in Duluth, and in Minnesota," he added.
Hale says the tiny homes will be more affordable than your standard home, and the proposed use right now is for rentals.
Hale says if the tiny homes are well received, they could be used as permanent homes moving forward.
The goal is to transfer the property to each developer by June 1.