Senator Hauschild Highlights IRRRB Economic Development Funding Coming to Senate District 3

[ST. PAUL, Minn] – The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board met Tuesday to review $9.5 million in economic development grants that will help increase the regional tax base, retain and create jobs, expand broadband, provide essential services, grow the housing inventory, and expand outdoor recreation opportunities. 

“Today’s IRRRB meeting highlighted a number of exciting opportunities for investment and economic growth throughout Northeastern Minnesota that will now receive the capital they need to succeed,” said Senator Grant Hauschild (DFL-Hermantown). “The wide range of projects that are receiving funding will create jobs, build affordable housing, expand economic development, and ensure that our communities can thrive.”

Several of the grants reviewed at Tuesday’s meeting will be going to projects located within Senate District 3.

Development Infrastructure Grants: 

  • Cook County/Grand Marais Joint EDA: $400,000 to construct infrastructure and site work for the development of a 10,000-square-foot mixed-use commercial space in Grand Marais that will replace three businesses lost to a fire in 2020. The “Mayhew Commercial Project” will feature an event center, lodging units, a restaurant, retail spaces, lounge and rooftop open space.
  • Cook County/Grand Marais Joint EDA: $400,000 to construct infrastructure and site work for the development of a 9,300-square-foot mixed-use commercial space that will replace Papa Charlie’s restaurant and event venue at Lutsen Mountains which was lost to a fire last year. The new building will include a restaurant, event center, bar/lounge and four lodging units for resort guests.

Community Infrastructure Grants: 

  • City of Tower: $370,345 to support new water and sewer utilities, storm water, road reconstruction and airport technology upgrades to public locations and sites throughout the community including roadways, the historic Tower Depot and Train Museum campus, Lakeview Cemetery and Tower Municipal Airport.

Regional Trail Grants:

  • Northeast Regional ATV Trail Joint Powers Board City of Hoyt Lakes: $25,000 to conduct master planning, route planning, environmental permitting, right-of-way acquisition and construction cost analysis for future construction to connect the city of Two Harbors to existing ATV and snowmobile trails.

Housing Grants:

  • City of Ely: $850,000 to support the infrastructure and construction related to a new three-story, 37-unit market rate workforce apartment building.
  • Cook County Housing and Redevelopment Authority – Bjorkberg: $225,000 to construct infrastructure for a new housing development of 20 two-story workforce town homes in Grand Marais.
  • Cook County Housing and Redevelopment Authority – Temperance Trails: $100,000 to construct infrastructure for a new housing development of up to 22 homes in Tofte. Ten are proposed to be single family homes, and 12 will be side-by-side townhomes.
  • Cook County Housing and Redevelopment Authority – The Heights: $630,000 to construct a new three-story, 36-unit workforce apartment building.

Together with other funding sources, the total amount of funding for the projects reviewed by the IRRRB today is estimated to be $106.6 million. A full list of projects is available here.

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Senator Grant Hauschild represents Senate District 3 – the Arrowhead, Iron Range, and Northland. He is vice chair of the Labor Committee, and serves on the Education Policy Committee, Environment, Climate, and Legacy Committee, and Taxes Committee.

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