CommonBond Kicks Off St. Paul Affordable Senior Housing

Slated for completion in 2023, the project is part of a 122-acre, mixed-use development.

The Lumin rendering. Image courtesy of Ryan Cos.

CommonBond Communities has broken ground on a 60-unit fully affordable senior housing project, The Lumin, in Saint Paul, Minn. The development team also includes Ryan Cos. as general contractor and Ryan A+E Inc. as civil engineer, while LHB Inc. provided architecture services. Completion is expected in 2023.

Part of the Highland Bridge mixed-use development, The Lumin is designated for seniors aged 55 and over, earning 30 percent or less of the area median income. The Section 8-based project will also include seven units catering to previous homeless individuals.

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Upon its completion, the community will consist of a five-story building with one- and two-bedroom floorplans. Common-area amenities are slated to include a community room, a wellness room, a business center, parking and bike storage. The Lumin will also feature sustainable elements for reducing carbon emissions, water consumption and energy.

Carrying the address 830 Cretin Ave. S., the site is part of the 122-acre Highland Bridge, a mixed-use redevelopment of a former Ford Motor Co. assembly plant. At full build-out, Highland Bridge will include 3,800 housing units, 265,000 square feet of office space, some 150,000 square feet of retail space and 55 acres of public and open areas.

Project financing

Minnesota Housing provided financing for the project in the form of a LMIR First Mortgage. The three-year, fixed-interest loan totals $10.4 million, according to Yardi Matrix data. In addition, the City of Saint Paul has established a tax increment financing district that allows the project to benefit from the increment produced by both the market rate and affordable buildings at Highland Bridge.

More financing came from Ramsey County, which awarded $4.5 million in capital improvement bonds, while the Saint Paul Public Housing Agency provided 60 project-based vouchers.

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