HRA programs and services


Commercial revitalization

The HRA is responsible for redevelopment within the City except for the South Loop District east of TH77. One of the best known projects of the HRA is the Oxboro Redevelopment District. The HRA undertook a leadership role to select developers, acquire parcels, and facilitate landscape and infrastructure improvements within the Oxboro district. To date, over 40 million dollars in new development has occurred.

The HRA is also responsible for assembling land at France and Old Shakopee for The Point, the retail shops located on the NE quadrant of the intersection. In the future, the HRA hopes to assist in the development of additional housing and retail opportunities.

In 2007, the HRA purchased the former Bloomington Dodge site, located on the SE quadrant of Penn and American. Future plans for this site and the surrounding area include mixed-use housing, including housing, office, and retail. Click the following link for more information about redevelopment at Penn and American.

As the community ages, the HRA will continue to play a role in assuring that Bloomington's commercial areas remain vital.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Each year, the City of Bloomington receives a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City administers this grant through its HRA. The grant is used for a variety of activities each year. The activities are selected by the HRA Board and City Council through an annual budget process for the program. Typically each year the activities will include:  single-family home rehabilitation, maintenance and chore service for seniors, lead-based paint abatement, land acquisition/substantial rehabilitation and fair housing initiatives. 

The annual CDBG Action Plan details the activities and budget that the City/HRA will undertake in the next program year.  The program operates on a fiscal year that begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. The Action Plan for the most current fiscal year is linked below.

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)

At the end of each program year, the HRA publishes a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the CDBG program. This report summarizes what the City/HRA accomplished through the CDBG program during the previous program year. The CAPER for the most recently completed program year is linked below.

Community education

The HRA provides information to homeowners and landlords through seminars. The HRA's education initiatives include:

  • The Home Improvement Fair held biannually in February. People are able to discuss their home improvement needs with a variety of contractors. Seminars on home improvement are presented.
  • The Rental Housing Collaborative seeks to educate rental property owners and managers on laws and ordinances effecting their property and management practices. Meetings are held quarterly.
  • The HRA provides speakers to any group interested in learning more about the HRA, redevelopment and affordable housing issues.
  • Seminars throughout the year on environmental sustainability and home improvement.

 

Residential development and redevelopment

One of the roles of the HRA is to provide land for the private development of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households. The HRA has done this for both renters and homeowners.

Among some of the HRA's residential projects are Gideon Pond, Knox Landing, Ridgeview Terrace and Bloomington Family Townhomes.

The HRA also purchases substandard residential properties, demolishes them and resells the lots to builders for the construction of new homes. The goal of the program is to improve neighborhoods by eliminating structures that negatively impact surrounding homes.

 

For more information, contact:

Housing and Redevelopment Authority
PH: 952-563-8937, TTY: 952-563-8740, FAX: 952-563-4977
Email:hra@BloomingtonMN.gov

 

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