Creating Housing Choice

Demographic changes must be accompanied by housing choice. “We’re seeing a lot of change in terms of the types of housing individuals are choosing, and so historically we’ve been very much focused on the traditional detached single family owner occupied, and we’re seeing a lot more…multi-family, more rental and a lot of different housing choices,” says Tim Gladhill, Director of Community Development. The City has embraced a new type of single family development, such as Riverstone Villas, with smaller lots sizes (⅛ acre versus the traditional ¼ acre) and amenities, including easy access to open space, parks, and trails as well as access to Hwy 10, which connects to downtown Minneapolis. Benefiting from association maintenance, this development supports aging-in-place.