HAZEN, ND – Hazen Community Development and the Hazen Housing Authority broke ground today on a project that will turn a blighted Main Street property into affordable apartments for the community’s aging population.
We are very appreciative of the support the Hazen Pioneer Apartments project has received and we are excited to be moving forward, updating the look of our downtown and constructing a place where Hazen’s seniors can live comfortably and continue to call this community their home,” said Buster Langowski, HCD executive director.
The apartments will be created through the redevelopment of the former Pioneer Park Nursing Home site and the development of the surrounding city park. HCD is the developer. The housing authority is the property owner.
“It’s very important for our communities to have housing that is affordable not only for the workforce, but also for elderly and disabled households,” said Jolene Kline, North Dakota Housing Finance Agency executive director. “Affordable housing is the base that makes continued good health a possibility.”
The $4.21 million project will receive more than $2 million from the Housing Incentive Fund, a program administered by NDHFA. Capitalized by contributions from state taxpayers, HIF is a means for developing affordable rental housing for essential service workers, main street employees and fixed-income households. Twenty-two HIF contributions were directed specifically to the Hazen Pioneer Apartments project.
HCD purchased the nursing home building, a $40,000 value. The City of Hazen provided the park land, a $60,000 value. CommunityWorks North Dakota provided a $50,000 pre-development loan, and the North Dakota Dept. of Health provided a $25,000 Brownfields Grant for site cleanup. The remaining project financing is being provided by Union State Bank. Other partners include Multifamily Capital Resources Inc., development consultant; Williams Building Company Inc., construction manager; and JLG Architects.
Hazen Pioneer Apartments will be centrally located in the community, within walking distance of the several businesses and the public library. Supportive services will be offered at the property including meals and medical checks. Arrangements have also been made with the local grocery store for deliveries to tenants.
All 18 of the property’s units will be reserved for income-qualified households. Four of the units will be fully accessible. The one-bedroom units will rent for $868 and the two-bedroom units will rent for $1,044.
The property is expected to be complete by fall 2017. Individuals interested in learning more about the apartments can contact the property manager, Jamie Hager at MetroPlains Management at (701) 551-3104.
HCD is charged with furthering the development of the City of Hazen and the surrounding area by promoting, encouraging and assisting in the development of new enterprises or the expansion or continuation of presently existing businesses.
NDHFA is a self-supporting state agency that finances the creation and rehabilitation of affordable housing across North Dakota. The North Dakota Industrial Commission, consisting of Governor Jack Dalrymple, as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees the agency.