EDA hears ideas for redevelopment of Tomteboda property

The Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) listened to a presentation by Jeff Corey of One Roof Community Housing and Rick Klun of Center City Housing Corp at the Tuesday, July 8 board meeting. Both organizations are nonprofits that develop and operate a variety of housing options in the greater Duluth area.

Jeff Corey, of One Roof, said he and Klun were there to talk to the EDA about possible development of the former Tomteboda Motel site on Highway 61 in Grand Marais.

Klun said he believed the Tomteboda site would lend itself to a mix of affordable and market range housing, to serve the people working two or three jobs to live here, as well as young professionals with higher incomes that just can’t find a home.

The EDA has received a grant of $50,000 to be used to complete a comprehensive affordable workforce housing study and they anticipate receiving another $13,000 from the Northland Foundation in support of the housing study. With the money, the EDA will assemble a team of affordable housing experts to study the situation and to try to find the best way to address the problem.

One component of the study is to look at potential sites for housing development, like the Tomteboda property. In the grant application, the EDA said it has recruited Realtors/Property Managers Mike Larson and Tim Kennedy to assist with this process.


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