Mino-bimaadiziwin

  • Project Name: Mino-bimaadiziwinArchitectural
  • Client: Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
  • Landon Group Role: Project management; secure financing; coordinate underwriting and closing
  • Address: 2105, 2109 & 2113 Cedar Ave S, and 1820 22nd St E Minneapolis, MN
  • Project Cost: $35.2 million
  • Financing: Tax-Exempt Housing Revenue Bonds; 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credit Equity; Deferred financing from Minnesota Housing, City of Minneapolis, Metropolitan Council and Hennepin County; Federal Home Loan Bank; owner equity
  • Project Size: 109 affordable rental units with 23,000 square feet of Community Service Facility space
  • Contractor: Loeffler Construction
  • Architect: Cuningham Group Architects

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians (RLBC) proposes to develop a 109 unit, mixed-use development in South Minneapolis. Mino-bimaadiziwin (an Ojibwe phrase meaning “the good life”) will offer 10 studios, 15 one-bedroom, 55 two-bedroom and 29 three-bedroom apartments in a six story building with ample green space, shared underground parking, and a complete amenity package. The studio and one-bedroom units are meant to encourage elders of the Tribe to live amongst the Tribe’s younger and growing families.

RLBC will co-locate their Wellness Center and Red Lake Nation Embassy on the building’s first floor. Mino-bimaadiziwin provides mixed-use, mixed-income, workforce housing for families on a distressed site along a transit-oriented commercial corridor. Plans for the development include a walkway to access the Franklin Avenue Blue Line station for the convenience of residents and their visitors.

RLBC intentionally and thoughtfully selected this site for its first development off the Red Lake Reservation because this is where many of its members live.