Digging the new facility: Otter Tail County partners break ground on the new 36-unit apartment building in Pelican Rapids known as The Colony.

Workforce housing shortages are being addressed statewide. In Otter Tail County, a groundbreaking was held for The Colony, a 36-unit market rate apartment building in Pelican Rapids.  Otter Tail County’s Community Development Agency (CDA) partners with the private sector, community organization, and state and local governments to expand housing opportunities and promote business development. The developer of this $4.7 million project is D.W. Jones Inc., who will be one of the long-term owners as well.

The CDA is a local government agency that is governed by a nine-member board of commissioners lead by Director Amy Baldwin. The work of the CDA is intended to be complementary, additive and supportive to existing efforts throughout the county such as the project in Pelican Rapids. A groundbreaking ceremony was held, and local officials and community partners were invited to celebrate the occasion. Commissioner Johnson thanked the local, state and county officials as well as private business partners, “When everyone comes together it’s amazing what can happen. The county believes in housing and this is one more step forward.”

Looking to the future and considering sustainability, the housing units at The Colony will feature energy and water conserving appliances including a washer and dryer. The apartment building will include an elevator and be wired with CADD 5 to provide high-speed internet connection. Skip Duchesneau, president of D. W. Jones Inc., opened the groundbreaking ceremony, “It’s a pretty exciting day. It has been a bit of a rollercoaster to get here. We thank the many partners that allowed this project to move forward. We are happy to be building market rate housing in Pelican Rapids.” The developers have kept community in mind when designing the apartment building. A community room with outdoor amenities and a playground area have all been added to enhance the lives of those living at The Colony. Heated garage stalls are also available.

The project was awarded a grant from the state of Minnesota to offset extraordinary infrastructure costs. Additionally, the city of Pelican Rapids and Otter Tail County supported the project providing a tax abatement to make this critical investment in housing growth possible. The CDA and local communities are encouraging further housing development in communities throughout Otter Tail County. A new property-tax rebate program for new single and two-family homes will begin in January. Dave Ripley, CDA board member, said, “Housing is probably the number one need of Otter Tail County-along with employees. We need housing. This is an opportunity for the CDA to give support to the project. It’s a small but important step for Otter Tail County.”

For leasing information contact D.W. Jones Management at 218-547-3307. To inquire about the upcoming single-family tax-rebate program or other resources to support housing growth please email Amy Baldwin at abaldwin@co.ottertail.mn.us.


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