By Nick Gilbert
This summer, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity will start the preparation work at the site of its new headquarters.
The building, which will be situated at the southeast end of Prior Avenue and University Avenue in St. Paul, will feature an inviting area for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity to involve partners in its mission and serve families. The first phase of work involves the demolition of the existing building to prepare the site for constructing the new building.
The official groundbreaking is scheduled in the first half of 2013. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity expects relocating employees to the new building in late 2013. Full operations are slated to commence in early 2014. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's new headquarters will house Habitat’s five programs and support extended participation of partners, homeowners and volunteers. A New Home for Habitat, a capital campaign supported by local corporations, foundations and individuals, is funding the project.
The new site can be accessed easily through light rail upon conclusion of the Central Corridor transit line, slated for 2014. The light rail route that will run between Minneapolis and St. Paul has a proposed transit stop one block from the new headquarters.
The nonprofit housing developer has served over 7,000 families in the last 25 years and will serve 5,800 more families in the coming three years. The new headquarters will help the nonprofit achieve this objective of serving additional families via homeownership, homebuyer/homeowner education, home repair services, public policy advocacy on housing problems and mortgage foreclosure prevention.