Crookston grocery store to be converted to senior apartmentsTwo of Crookston’s goals are to increase its housing stock and revitalize a sagging downtown. Both goals will be addressed with a project that will convert a former SuperValu grocery store into senior housing.
By: Ryan Bakken, Grand Forks Herald
CROOKSTON — Two of this city’s goals are to increase its housing stock and revitalize a sagging downtown.
Both goals will be addressed with a project that will convert a former SuperValu grocery store into senior housing. The grocery, which closed in 2005, will become 12 apartments in the heart of the downtown, on a block bordered by Main and Broadway streets. Work will start this fall and is expected to be completed in late spring or early summer.
“Our housing situation is so pressured that we can legitimately say we have zero rental occupancy,” said Craig Hoiseth, executive director of the Crookston Housing and Economic Development Authority.
“And, one of the major goals of our downtown redevelopment task force is to bring bodies downtown.”
The one-level apartment building will have the same footprint as the grocery store, occupying about one-fourth of the city block. The grocery’s parking lot consumes half of the block, with the remaining one-fourth being home to the post office.
Developers John Bridgeford and Hector Santellanes have had earlier success in that downtown area, converting a former funeral home into seven apartments two years ago.
“That was another property just sitting there a number of years, wasting away,” Bridgeford said. “We’re trying to improve the downtown one piece at a time.”
Bridgeford said construction costs of the 12-unit project, including patios and green spaces, is estimated at $500,000 to $600,000.
The city and county have agreed to a five-year tax abatement to the developers, while the school district has given verbal, but not official, approval. Annual taxes are now about $8,000 a year, so the tax break will total about $40,000.
“Although the 12 apartments aren’t a big number, the hope is that the apartment occupants will open up their homes or their rentals to others,” Hoiseth said. “The city has businesses that have expanded and are looking for a work force.
“And, we’re trying to repurpose downtown to help the merchants.”
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