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Housing is a hot topic for Willmar, and the job of a new mayor’s task force

May 13, 2022

Housing is a hot topic for Willmar, and the job of a new mayor’s task force
A housing task force was created at the May 2 Willmar City Council meeting. A group of 15 to 16 people is expected to work for three months, or even less, and report back to the city and other partners trying to promote the availability of more housing. Although more apartment complexes are under construction, single-family housing has been identified as a particular need. Read the full story at the West Central Tribune 

Willmar apartment projects move forward while concerns rise regarding single-family home options

September 15, 2021

Willmar apartment projects move forward while concerns rise regarding single-family home options
WILLMAR—The number of apartment units continues to increase in Willmar as multi-family housing developments are constructed and opened. Aaron Backman, director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, updated the commission’s joint operations board Sept. 9 about projects at various levels of development. Block 25 Flats, to be constructed in downtown Willmar, is moving along, even though there have been some delays due to site contamination. “That

Suite Liv’n agrees to property maintenance agreement with Willmar in exchange for tax increment financing

July 13, 2021

Suite Liv’n agrees to property maintenance agreement with Willmar in exchange for tax increment financing
WILLMAR — Suite Liv’n, a rental developer and management company, currently has approximately 700 units in Willmar, and the company hopes to add at least another 72 with four new apartment buildings near Ridgewater College. To make the project financially feasible for Suite Liv’n, it is requesting a 15-year tax-increment financing district for the project from the city, which, if approved, would provide the company nearly $1.5 million total in returned taxes. However, to receive that

Willmar sells downtown Block 25 parking lot

May 19, 2021

Willmar sells downtown Block 25 parking lot
WILLMAR—Lumber One Development Company will soon be the new owner of half of Block 25 in downtown Willmar. The Willmar City Council on Monday approved selling four city-owned parcels on the west side of the block for $1 per parcel. The developer plans to construct an apartment complex on the block, bringing much needed housing to the area. “This will be the first private project of its size and cost in downtown Willmar in many decades,” said David Ramstad, Willmar Planning and Development

Downtown Hotel?

April 17, 2021

Downtown Hotel?
WILLMAR—The Willmar Planning and Development Department continues to add to its vision for downtown Willmar as part of the Renaissance Zone economic development program. In addition to bringing in more business and housing and helping property owners rehabilitate their properties, there is also an idea to try and entice a hotel to call downtown home. “We feel it would be a great amenity for the downtown area, especially as we begin developing some of these projects in our pipeline,”

Major Developments/Distribution center, housing projects possible in Willmar

April 10, 2021

Major Developments/Distribution center, housing projects possible in Willmar
WILLMAR—While specifics were slim, Aaron Backman, Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission executive director, gave some intriguing hints Thursday about possible major economic development projects that could be headed to Willmar. The biggest is a large distribution center project for an undisclosed end user. Back in 2018-2019, a logistics company came close to building a project in Willmar, but it was canceled in early 2019. “This one is bigger and better,”

Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission hints at major developments that could be on the way to Willmar

April 9, 2021

Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission hints at major developments that could be on the way to Willmar
WILLMAR—While specifics were slim, Aaron Backman, Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission executive director, gave some intriguing hints Thursday about possible major economic development projects that could be headed to Willmar. The biggest is a large distribution center project for an undisclosed end user. Back in 2018-2019, a logistics company came close to building a project in Willmar, but it was canceled in early 2019. “This one is bigger and better,”

Willmar Housing

March 22, 2021

Willmar Housing
WILLMAR — If one is looking for a home to buy or an apartment to rent around Willmar, they might have some difficulty. Housing availability continues to be an issue in and around the Willmar area. According to the Minnesota Realtors Association, there were only 97 homes for sale in February in the southwest central region, which includes Kandiyohi, Renville, Meeker and McLeod counties, only 1.1 months of supply and a 60 percent drop from the same period one year ago. “It has gotten really

Interest grows in Willmar Renaissance Zone

February 27, 2020

Interest grows in Willmar Renaissance Zone
WILLMAR—Even though the Willmar Renaissance Zone is still in the planning and vetting process, word has already begun to spread amongst interested parties and developers. “We’ve had a lot of great feedback and a lot of great interest in the zone,” Willmar Planning and Community Development Director Dave Ramstad recently told members of the Willmar Planning Commission. The proposed zone would provide a host of economic development incentives to draw developers to the area and perhaps

Willmar’s 15th Street Flats soon to be home for dozens of families

August 21, 2019

Willmar’s 15th Street Flats soon to be home for dozens of families
WILLMAR — On Sept. 1, as a construction crew led by Project One Construction moves out, dozens of families will start the process of moving into their new homes in 15th Street Flats, the first multi-family housing project to be completed in Willmar in several years. Construction on the building, located at 1601 15th St. S.E., began in September 2018 and the Kandiyohi County Housing and Redevelopment Authority in May started accepting applications for the available units. There are 47 units in
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