The Chamberlain signals completion of project with ribbon cutting
A city needs a mix of housing options to meet the needs of its current and future residents. Since the expansion of the airport changed the face of Richfield’s east side more than 15 years ago, residents have seen significant commercial development and a smattering of new single-family homes, but a new, modern, multi-family option has been more difficult to come by.
That all changed when The Chamberlain project was approved by the Richfield City Council in 2017. On Wednesday, November 20, the complex held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to signal that the project is complete.
With the ribbon cutting, The Chamberlain adds 283 new apartment units to the city, as well as the renovation of 33 existing units.
“From the start of the project, the city and developers worked together to come up with creative solutions to make this complex work for Richfield,” said Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez. “The developers were willing to make a commitment to affordable housing by renovating three existing buildings without displacing residents, which is almost never seen an we hope to replicate in future development projects.”
The partnership between Inland Development Partners, Kraus-Anderson Construction and the City of Richfield began in 2016 with a proposal to the city’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority to construct a new apartment complex on the eastside of Richfield.
An important part of the project was the rehabilitation of 33 existing apartment units. This allowed for the preservation of existing affordable housing in a way that did not displace the properties’ residents. The project also added 30 new units of affordable housing to the city’s housing stock.
“In Richfield we have a need for both market rate and affordable housing options,” explained Community Development Director John Stark. “The Chamberlain provides housing options for residents that fall into a variety of income levels.”
A project of this nature sends signals to the development community that Richfield is viable option for both residential and commercial development, especially on the city’s eastside.
“Richfield’s eastside looks a lot different than it did ten years ago and it will look even different in another ten years,” stated Assistant Community Development Director Melissa Poehlman. “Residents on the city’s eastside have been requesting new development on their side of town and we are working with developers to bring a wide array of new options to the area.”
Another project, which will provide further housing options to residents on the city’s eastside, is RF64. This development is directly west of Target and Home Depot on Richfield Parkway, and will include 218 apartment units and up to 72 for-sale townhomes. The development is expected to be complete by 2022.
Besides the additional 283 new apartment units to the city, project developers will also be constructing one and a half block of the Richfield Parkway with grant funds obtained from the Metropolitan Council.
“The Chamberlain project was a great example of a team approach between the developers, the builders, the city and the Housing and Redevelopment Authority,” remarked Mayor Regan Gonzalez. “All parties addressed issues openly as a group to find the best solutions with the most mutual benefits. In the end, it led to the best project possible.”