Tofte considering senior citizen housing

At the April Tofte meeting, Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA) Housing Coordinator Nancy Grabko presented a proposal from Robert Bremer of Bremer Properties to build a 12-18-unit senior housing development near Birch Grove Community Center.  The proposal says that Bremer has developed numerous properties in southeastern Minnesota and that he is planning to relocate to the North Shore.
Nancy Grabko said Dick Grabko, her husband, would be the project manager. 
Tofte Supervisor Paul James expressed excitement at this prospect. “We’ve been working on this project as a board for years,” he said. 
The township was awarded a $29,000 grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation for an engineering study of the property the housing development would sit on. 
Two representatives from Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA), Leah Hall and Barb Ackerson, talked about how AEOA could help low income seniors access this kind of facility.
The board passed a motion authorizing Nancy Grabko to set up a meeting with Bremer Properties. 
The next meeting of the Tofte town board is Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at the town hall.