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Cottage Park

Location: Ilion & James Avenues North

Status: Project began in 2006

Objective: The City of Minneapolis’ decision to focus on a small geographic area or "cluster" is intended to make big changes in a small area. The noticeably positive impact that is made in Cottage Park will radiate to adjacent blocks and help to stabilize the housing market of the surrounding neighborhood.

Description: Cottage Park is one of six clusters in north Minneapolis that is being targeted by the City of Minneapolis through a partnership with the Northside Home Fund. The area was identified as an area that would have a catalytic impact on the surrounding neighborhood if targeted by redevelopment efforts. This neighborhood, anchored by a community park, is the hotbed of an exciting community investment. Development partners have completed construction on four beautiful new homes that overlook the recently revitalized park, in total at least a dozen homes will be built or rehabbed through the cluster redevelopment. Rehab of the historic church overlooking the park began in 2008 and its doors are open once again for worship.

Partners: The cluster partners created a redevelopment plan, which includes the redevelopment of the vacant and boarded properties in conjunction with leveraging additional investment and enforcement tools needed to improve surrounding properties. Key Cottage Park partners include The Ackerberg Group, Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation, the Pohlad Family Foundation, Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation, Urban Homeworks, the Jordan Area Community Council, the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development, the Department of Health and Family Support, the Department of Regulatory Services and the Minneapolis Police Department.

City Contact: Earl Pettiford,

Updated: April 2, 2009

Last updated Oct 27, 2011