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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Growth in housing construction in Cottage Grove

Grove Cottage has broken previous housing records with more than 600 new apartments coming this year.

“This is great,” said Christine Costello, director of community development. “All I can say is, ‘Welcome to Cottage Grove.”

This is a dramatic turnaround for a suburb of 38,000 that has slowed down over the years. In 2011, the city’s growth reached its lowest level – only 49 new homes, and until 2020 there were less than 300 units per year.

Then – in the year that COVID paralyzed most businesses in Minnesota – the total number of new homes being commissioned rose to 502. This year will again be a record. More than 600 new homes will be built in 2021, according to the budget forecast presented at the city council meeting on August 11.

The city is also benefiting from a housing shortage in the metro area, with developers finding Cottage Grove an easy and economical place to build homes.

“We are a suburb of the third ring,” Costello said. “We have no access to the sea. We have room to grow. “

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She notes business growth, especially in the city’s business park west of US Highway 61 and Jamaica Avenue. New businesses have created hundreds of jobs and employees who want to live where they work.

In one of the business parks, Renewal by Anderson, the number of jobs has increased to 1,000, she said. Just one block away, the construction of warehouses and vehicles is expected to create 1,300 new jobs.

The city is also growing because it offers something that the metro does not have – affordable housing. Most of the city’s housing stock was built in the 50s and 60s, which Costello says is naturally accessible.

More new housing is also appearing in the city. One example is the Grove80 Apartments project on the site of the former City Hall on 80th Street. According to Costello, developers have started the project in 2020, and the project of 120 apartments has already been rented out by 70 percent.

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