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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Minot nonprofit has plan for flood 'zombie homes'

  • A nonprofit group hopes to turn some abandoned and neglected flood homes in Minot into low-income rental housing, but it will face hurdles in obtaining state money for the effort.
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  • A nonprofit group hopes to turn some abandoned and neglected flood homes in Minot into low-income rental housing, but it will face hurdles in obtaining state money for the effort.
     
    The city has for months been grappling with the problem of so-called "zombie homes" that were damaged in 2011 when the Souris River swamped more than 4,000 homes, businesses and other structures. Hundreds of boarded-up, mold-ridden and debris-infested properties remain, creating eyesores and potential dangers.
     
    Plum Valley Developers wants to use $1.5 million in state flood relief money to buy 28 of the homes, raze them, and lease the land to management companies that would build low-income housing.
     
    "You have a lot of these rentals, and they were little bitty houses. A lot of times they were too damaged to be fixed, they were too damaged to be financially viable," said Kari Conrad, president of the nonprofit. "Those are the areas that have not been rebuilt, and that is our focus."
     
    The nonprofit plans to meet with the Minot Housing Authority on Thursday to discuss the proposal. For it to succeed, the Housing Authority would have to get back a $1.5 million flood relief grant that it returned to the state earlier after a different project fell through. That might involve an attorney general's opinion or legislative action.
     
    "It's harder than we think to get that money," Housing Authority Executive Director Tom Alexander said.
     

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