MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Twenty-six historic Fort Snelling buildings are going to be turned into affordable housing apartments, targeted for military veterans and their families.

The Department of Natural Resources signed the deal Wednesday with Dominium, a development and management company.

The renovations will create 176 apartments called the Upper Post Flats. The work is slated be done in 2021.

The historic buildings have been around since the late 1800s.

Soldiers used them before going off to the Spanish-American War and WWI and WWII.

The buildings have sat empty and neglected for decades.

Dominium estimates the rent will be around $1,000 for a one-bedroom and around $1,400 for a four-bedroom.

The development company also renovated the Schmidt Brewery in St. Paul and the Pillsbury A Mill in Minneapolis.

Money for the $100 million Fort Snelling project will come from tax credits, tax exempt bonds and other sources.

Comments (10)
  1. Lynne Simon Ploetz says:

    This is not affordable housing.

  2. Tim Neumann says:

    Which veterans do you think can afford Thousand dollar house payments, unless subsidized by ta payer dollars smoke and mirrors to fool the uneducated public.

  3. Michael Byrd says:

    soon they will be able to afford this,,,, a change is near, thankyou for your service!

  4. Mark Burfeind says:

    what single retired veteran living on SSI could even think of this as affordable housing

  5. Tamera Simonson says:

    Great idea, poor monthly payment. That is NOT affordable housing for one person/one bedroom. Good price for a four bedroom though

  6. Quinton Reed says:

    no way this is affordable. I think its a way for some group to acquire property at tax payors expense and I’m sure some people in the government are in on it

  7. Dawn Schwarz-Gay says:

    At first I thought this would be exciting, until I read how much they will charge. As a veteran and one born and raised in MN I can say this is 1) not affordable. The individuals that would need this housing often make less than $600 a month. So how will the difference be covered? I’m not certain this was very well thought through.

  8. Kevin Christianson says:

    Affordable fpr who? $100,000,000 /176 units =$570,000 per unit.

  9. Glenda Smith says:

    Ridiculous! Someone’s trying to make money off of vets, again. There’s no way a retired or disabled vet can afford $1000 a month in rent. And a vet with a family that needs a 4 bedroom cannot afford $1400 a month. People did not think this through. You need to go back to the drawing board.