St. Anthony Comprehensive Plan Resource Page

Community Liaison Contact Information

If you were a St. Anthony Manufactured Housing Resident and would like to get involved, please email owen@allparksallianceforchange.org or call APAC at 855-361-2722.

Links to City’s Planning Website

http://www.savmn.com/254/Comprehensive-Plan

http://www.savmn.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/557

St. Anthony's Comprehensive Plan Language Regarding Manufactured Housing:

“Consider the long-term redevelopment of the Lowry Grove Mobile Home Park into new housing at a medium density” (1-7). “Housing •Equal percentage of vacant (or occupied) housing units •Slightly lower rate of the total housing stock being owner-occupied. •Higher percentage of the housing stock in multi-family buildings •Slightly lower percentage of owner-occupied housing units Higher percentage of rental housing. •Older housing stock, on average (median year built 1966 vs. 1971•Approximately equal median value of owner-occupied housing o Median mobile home value is lower.” (1-9). See “Table 1-2 Housing Data (1-11) and Table 2-2 Housing Composition” (2-10). “The City’s forecast was prepared using figures for the number of housing units approved in Silver Lake Village since 2000 (a total of 798) plus an estimate of additional net new housing units gained through redevelopment of St. Anthony Shopping Center and Lowry Grove Mobile Home Park (790)” (1-12). “What should the City do, if anything, to continue to improve conditions and appearances in the Kenzie Terrace corridor, including the Lowry Grove Mobile Home Park, the St. Anthony Shopping Center and the road itself. Is the Lowry Grove Mobile Home Park an appropriate land use for the long-term future? If redevelopment of that site occurs, what should the City do, if anything, to help ensure that the residents are resettled into housing that is affordable and decent?” (2-8). “The Lowry Grove mobile home park is the one major instance of aged and deteriorated housing in St. Anthony. However, it is also the major source of affordable housing for population with incomes less than 50 percent of the community median” (2-11). “The only areas of housing in the city that might be considered substandard are the Lowry Grove mobile home park and a pocket of townhouses along the north side of 39th Avenue east of Silver Lake Road” (2-14). “Lowry Grove Mobile Home Park. The mobile home park was opened in the 1940s and now has nearly 100 mobile homes and several seasonal recreational vehicles. The mature trees give it an established and comfortable appearance. The mobile homes themselves are a component of the city’s stock of affordable housing, and many of the residents have lived in this location for decades; some are elderly. Unfortunately, most the mobile homes are equally old and most would not meet current federal standards. There is no central amenity such as a swimming pool and only a rudimentary and dilapidated meeting center and severe weather shelter. Given the value of residential properties in the vicinity, mobile homes on the site represent an underutilization of the land … In the future, the Kenzie District could evolve into a southern hub for the St. Anthony “suburban village.” To some extent, the district already plays that role, but the problems noted above with the shopping center, the mobile home park and Kenzie Terrace itself detract somewhat. While protecting the stable and attractive residential neighborhoods to the north and south, the older commercial, office and mobile home land uses could undergo redevelopment and/or remodeling. ” (2-21). “The Comprehensive Plan is a guide to the general future use of land, which is regulated by the City’s zoning ordinance and zoning map. However, it is the role of the property owner to propose any changes, to design a new plan for the property, to finance the redevelopment or remodeling and to address the subject of tenant relocation. (Tenant relocation at the Lowry Grove Mobile Home Park is regulated by City ordinance 2006-005 and State law 327C.095.) It is highly unlikely that the City would wish to – or even be legally able to – use eminent domain powers to buy the property for redevelopment. Redevelopment design would be regulated by the City’s zoning ordinance subject to public comment through the City’s established review process. ” (2-22). “The Mobile Home Site The Lowry Grove Mobile Home Park could be privately redeveloped into townhouses and condominium apartments. Examples of these types of housing are illustrated by the photos below. The bank building on the corner of Kenzie Terrace and Stinson Boulevard is sound and should probably remain. If redevelopment of this site occurs, the City of St. Anthony will ensure that the residents of the mobile home park are assisted in their relocation to other housing that meets their needs in terms of cost, location, handicap access and other provisions as required by State law (M.S. 327C.095). That law requires, among other provisions, that: There be a public notice of the owner’s intent to convert the mobile home park to another use. There be a public hearing before the City Council on any needed zoning change. That a displaced resident be paid reasonable relocation costs if he/she cannot relocate his/her mobile home to another manufactured home park within 25 miles. That residents be given the opportunity to collectively purchase the mobile home park for the same cash price as the seller would have received from the actual prospective buyer (the redeveloper). To ensure that adequate and affordable replacement housing is found for the park residents, the City may work on its own or in cooperation with the redevelopment company and/or the Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority or a private non-profit housing corporation. The relocation housing would ideally be located in St. Anthony, either in the form of existing or newly-constructed units. Potentially, some of the new housing for displaced residents could be located on the site of the redeveloped St. Anthony Shopping Center.” (2-24). “Redevelopment and infill will be pursued as opportunities become available. The trend has been for redevelopment to occur at the northern and southern ends of the city (e.g., Apache Plaza becoming Silver Lake Village) while its central single-family neighborhoods remain largely unchanged. Additional redevelopment supported by this Comprehensive Plan may add housing units in the southern part of the city near Kenzie Terrace at the Lowry Grove mobile home park and the St. Anthony Shopping Center … St. Anthony is essentially a fully developed community. The land use changes proposed in the Land Use Plan are fairly local in nature. Changes that may occur as the plan is realized include: Redevelopment of the Lowry Grove mobile home park to higher density housing … In order to support transit ridership, the City will adopt a land use plan and zoning amendments that allow redevelopment of the St. Anthony Shopping Center to a more intensive, vertically mixed-use residential and commercial configuration, along with redeveloping the Lowry Grove mobile home park to higher density housing” (3-15, 16). “Consider the long-term redevelopment of the Lowry Grove Mobile Home Park into new housing at a medium density” (1-7). “Moreover, 49 percent of the city’s housing stock is considered “life cycle housing” –units other than single-family detached (including manufactured) housing. By fostering the development of single-family attached and multi-family housing, the City has helped to meet residents’ needs as their circumstances change” (2-13).

City Community Engagement/Planner Contact Information

Breanne Rothstein
City Planner
planner@savmn.com
Phone: 763-231-4863

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