Built on what was once a set of vacant lots, home to drug crime, foreclosures, and crumbling houses, Hawthorne Eco Village Apartments is an affordable rental property in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Located in a low-income, majority-minority, and high-poverty census tract, Hawthorne Eco Village is anticipated to help revitalize the Lyndale and Lowry intersection and be a catalyst for additional housing development in the area. The development of Hawthorne Eco Village Apartments used best practices in community-based development, neighborhood revitalization, and sustainable green development to create a model for healthier and more stable, livable communities.
Project for Pride in Living (PPL) built and manages the property. The 75 units at Hawthorne Eco Village are part of over 1,300 units of safe, quality, affordable housing built and managed by PPL throughout the Twin Cities available to households making less than 60% of the area median income. In addition to affordable housing, PPL also provides no cost employment readiness services for residents and the greater community. Other property and features and amenities include a green roof, playground for children, fitness room, and community garden. Up to four of the apartments will be set aside for those experiencing long-term homelessness and earning at or below 30% of the area median income.
In 2019, Alyssa Greenspan, president and COO, visited Hawthorne Eco Village and met with Joanne Kosciolek, vice president for development and internal affairs at PPL, which developed the property. In Alyssa’s words: “I was so impressed by the spacious apartments and the amenities including a fun playground area; a rooftop garden to prevent run-off; exercise room; bicycle storage; and a community garden for growing fresh fruits and vegetables. The development has helped revitalize the neighborhood with affordable workforce housing, an increase in retail stores, and the addition of affordable single family homes.”
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