January 22, 2013 - The Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health System will hold an open house Wednesday night to seek public comment on a $10 million plan to rehab several vacant century-old buildings at Fort Snelling into housing for homeless vets.
A 4-acre site on the Upper Post of Fort Snelling is expected to provide 58 rehabbed units for homeless veterans and their families. The hearing, set for 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Minneapolis Veterans Medical Center, is required to allow public comment about the proposal and its effect on the buildings' historic status. State historic officials, veterans advocates, and members of several American Indian tribes are scheduled to attend to review and comment on the plans, which are about 30 percent complete.
The plan to renovate the buildings was announced in late 2011 by the VA and St. Paul-based CommonBond Communities, a nonprofit provider of affordable rental homes. If everything goes as planned, the units will be available by the spring of 2014. read more>>>