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Alexandria City Council supports low-income housing project

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government Alexandria, 56308

Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549

A new project in Alexandria would help low-income families find housing.

Deer Ridge Townhomes is a joint effort proposed by the Alexandria Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) and a developer, D.W. Jones Inc.


It would provide 24 affordable housing units east of the proposed site of a new high school and Knute Nelson's new senior living campus, Grand Arbor. It would be built along a proposed new street, 45th Avenue East.

The Alexandria City Council approved a "resolution of support" for the project at its meeting Monday night. It wasn't asked to commit any city funds to it.

HRA Director Jeff Hess noted that studies have shown that this type of housing is needed in Alexandria.

As if on cue, the next person on the council's agenda was Jessica Boyer, director of the United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties, who provided an update on the "housing conversation" meetings the Community Impact Coalition has been having to address homelessness.

For more about this story and other city council action, read Wednesday's Echo Press.