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.
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.
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.
Dates subject to change.
- July, 6, 2023 — Housing and Redevelopment Authority meeting — open public comments; discusses Schult Homes Tour (video)
- September 7, 2023 — Housing and Redevelopment Authority meeting — discusses agreement (video)
- November 2, 2023 — Housing and Redevelopment Authority — reviews revised concept plan; considers request for memorandum of understanding (video)
- Contractor presentation to the HRA (PDF)
- Northfield Housing report 2021 (PDF)
- Housing and Education in Northfield Technical Assistance Assessment Findings (PDF)
- Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Manufactured Home
- 2021 Manufactured Home final rule - HUD
- 2023 Housing Underproduction in the US - Up for Growth (PDF)
- November 11, 2023 - City Council meeting - discusses Northfield Cooperative Foundation revised concept plan (video)
- November 2023 to April 2024 — Exercise Memorandum of Understanding; Northcountry Cooperative Foundation applies for and secures funding
- November 21, 2023 — City Council — Reviews revised concept plans (video)
- December 2023 — Land survey of Southbridge outlots contemplated as part of project
- December 2023 to March 2024 — Designs, layouts, finalize funding sources
- February 29, 2024 — community meeting
- April/May 2024 — Housing and Redevelopment Authority — Decides to proceed or not with the project
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
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.