Southbridge neighborhood

layout of new leaf housing neighborhood

Overview

Northcountry Cooperative Foundation is exploring a cooperatively owned neighborhood on approximately 7.27 acres of undeveloped land that would have 65 factory-built homes offering ownership attainable at all workforce incomes. Workforce income is a family of four with income not more than $75,000 annually or a single person making not more than $25 per hour.

The neighborhood would be built on land that would be subdivided to meet current city zoning code standards and supported by infrastructure built to city standards including water, wastewater, roads, sidewalks, trails, and trees. The initial concept plan as proposed meets Northfield-specific Land Development Code and infrastructure standards.

Northcountry Cooperative Foundation

About housing cooperatives

A housing cooperative is a legal entity – usually a non-profit corporation that owns real estate. The shareholders in the housing cooperative are its occupants who purchase a share granting the right to occupy one housing unit. Each owner pays a monthly fee covering their proportional share of the expense of operating the corporation (based on the size of the home). The operating fee covers mortgage, taxes, insurance, utilities, maintenance, and contributions to reserve funds. Each cooperative homeowner is entitled to the same tax advantages as any other homeowner and their cooperative home can be homesteaded.

All affairs of the corporation are managed by a board of directors elected by the shareholders (members) from among the membership. Professional real estate management is usually retained to oversee day to day operations, but all financial and strategic decisions are made by the board with guidance from member committees.

Location

Approximately 7.27 acres of undeveloped land in the Southbridge area near Arbor Street, Aspen Street and Spring Creek Park. This undeveloped land is owned by the Northfield Housing & Development Authority. The City of Northfield owns additional land adjacent to this land.

Timeline

Dates subject to change.

Community engagement opportunities

In addition to these opportunities, all City Council, boards, commission and committee meetings are open to the public. Most, but not all meetings, may have an opportunity for public comment.

February 2024 — community meeting

February 29, 2024, 5 to 7 p.m.
Northfield High School, lower cafeteria
1400 Division Street, Northfield, MN 55057

Attendees will hear presentations and then participate in facilitated conversations at their tables. To allow more people to participate, Spanish interpreters, snacks, and kid-friendly activities for kindergartens and up will be available; however, there will be no childcare.

Staff from the City of Northfield Community Development department will provide general housing information from national, regional, county and city perspectives and information on what the Northfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority can do. Staff from Northcountry Cooperative Foundation will provide information about manufactured homes, housing cooperatives, and their services.

Northcountry Cooperative Foundation is currently exploring a cooperatively owned neighborhood on approximately 7 acres of undeveloped land in the Southbridge neighborhood, which is in the southeast part of the city.

The Northfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority will review Northcountry Cooperative Foundation’s findings in the spring taking into consideration feedback from this meeting.

This is part of the city’s strategic priority on housing availability to provide a community where everyone can afford to live.

October 2023 —Tour of a manufactured home factory

History

In 2008, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) bought nearly 15 acres of land in the Southbridge Development to develop mixed income housing with an emphasis on renewable resources and healthy homes. 

The Spring Creek I neighborhood was completed in November 2013. It provides 28 multilevel rental townhomes.

The Spring Creek II neighborhood was completed in December 2023. It provides 32 affordable three-bedroom and four-bedroom rental townhomes.

Land is still available to be developed and the HRA is actively working on more housing opportunities.