80,334 sq. ft.
Bethesda Lutheran Communities is a nonprofit with over 115 years of experience supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). They support over 1,800 people across 13 states. Recognizing the need to provide a range of housing options, Bethesda is branching into a multifamily housing development. Their first development in Victoria, Minnesota opened in fall 2020.
During the onset of the pandemic, Bethesda was challenged by travel restrictions. Their real estate team turned to Mint Development Co to assist with site selection services and providing boots on the ground. Time was of the essence as applications to the Washington County CDA and MN Housing RFP were due 90 days later on June 18, 2020. A key to the application was site control.
With the assistance of Mint Development Co, Bethesda was able to secure control of a fantastic site in a transit-oriented district. The site is located adjacent to the platform of the Helmo Avenue station of the future Metro Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit which is an eleven-mile dedicated guideway that will run from downtown St. Paul to Woodbury.
As a result, Bethesda was awarded 9% tax credits in December 2020 and has since engaged Mint Development Co to assist with two additional site searches for projects in the Twin Cities.
Integration. Cornerstone Village will set-aside up to 20-25% of apartment homes for persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).
Independent Rental. Cornerstone Village provides independent rental housing, where each person or household will have an individual lease, and participation in services is not a condition of tenancy. Licensure typically associated with senior continuums of care and group-home living does not apply.
Consumer Choice. Residents – whether they are aging or have a disability – may need supportive services to maintain their independence and pursue individual goals. Cornerstone Village supports consumer choice and person-centered care. Residents will select their own service provider, which may be Bethesda Lutheran Communities in some cases.
Social Engagement. To engage residents in community life, Bethesda will provide social, recreational, and Christian-based programming. Activities will be tailored to resident interests, such as craft groups, game nights, and exercise groups. In respect of fair housing and individual choice, Cornerstone Village welcomes residents of any faith or no faith.
Affordability. All our communities will focus on creating affordable rents for persons with disabilities. Depending on the location, the entire building may have affordability restrictions on all units.