Contact: Rose Lindsay, communications (W) 612.673.5015 (C) 612.2508661

February 18, 2014

City of Minneapolis sells first Green Homes North home

What:            On Saturday, February 22, at 11:00 a.m., the City of Minneapolis and Green Homes North program partners will celebrate the sale of its first “green” home.  The highly energy efficient home located at 3858 in the Victory Neighborhood of North Minneapolis was designed by Jay Isenberg of Peyser, LLC and built by Ben Akhigbe of Benoz Homes, Inc.

The home was officially sold to Robert Smith, music professor at St. Olaf’s college, on December 31, 2013.  Smith moved in mid-January 2014.  The celebration will include brief comments by City of Minneapolis Housing Director Tom Streitz, City Council President Barbara Johnson, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Assistant Commissioner of Single Family Housing Mike Haley, Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins, and new North Minneapolis homeowner, Robert Smith.    

When:             Saturday, February 22, 2014, 11:00 a.m. 

Where:            3858 Sheridan Avenue, North, Minneapolis, MN                    

MORE:           Green Homes North is a City of Minneapolis initiative to build 100 affordable, quality, sustainable homes over the next five years in North Minneapolis to help revitalize neighborhoods within the community.  Green Homes North homes range in price from $150,000 - $200,000; offer 1,500-1,800 finished square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2-3 bathrooms, open concept designs, quality finishes, full unfinished basements, and green building features.  Homes are constructed to the Minnesota Green Communities Standards as developed by the State of Minnesota.

Twenty-seven homes are under construction or completed.  Twenty more homes are planned to break ground in 2014.  For more information on Green Homes North visit the City’s website or watch this brief video about the program and the diverse neighborhoods of North.


Green Homes North is a partnership between the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Family Housing Fund, and the Twin Cities Land Bank.


Published Feb 19, 2014



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