In the spring of 2009, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) broke ground on what will be their first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified multi-family townhome development. After working with the City of St. Paul for seven years, extensive soil testing and several site plans, TCHFH purchased a tax forfeited property for $1. The building will be an owner-occupied multifamily unit with 6 three-bedroom town homes located on 2 separate buildings on the Eastside of St. Paul.
A ravine at the site served for many years as a construction company's unofficial disposal ground for large quantities of fill, including broken asphalt. Twin Cities Habitat conducted extensive soil clean up and remediation including the installation of helical piers to stabilize the soil. This development returns an unused brown field property to productive use, adding six affordable homeownership units to an underserved neighborhood.
Click here for more information on the project from the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Green Building web page.