Affordable Housing

Seward Towers Renovation: Redesign is the asset manager and holds seats on the board of directors for the Seward Towers, one of the largest Project Based Section 8 projects in the Midwest, with 640 units in two high rise buildings. These properties are in the process of a major refinance and renovation to preserve their affordability for the next 20 years. Click here for more about this project.

Milwaukee Avenue Townhomes: Redesign is the general partner and asset manager of Milwaukee Avenue Townhomes, a 12 unit HUD 236 project we co-developed back in 1974 when Redesign was a very new organization. We are in the process of converting these units to Project Based Section 8 to ensure their affordability extends decades in the future.

Milwaukee Avenue Townhomes (photo by Jennifer Larson)

Matthews Park Townhomes: Redesign is the owner and operator of Matthews Park Townhomes, a 24 unit project-based Section 8 scattered site property in Seward. These family units include 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom townhomes, providing a much needed rental housing option in this high demand neighborhood. We are currently in the process of negotiating a new 20 year Section 8 contract, which will keep these units affordable, and financially stable, for the next 20 years.

Real Estate

‘Five Square’ Renovation
In May of 2017 Redesign purchased the newly christened ‘Five Square’ building at 2525 East Franklin Avenue. The three-story office building was originally built in 1889 and has been a seminary, a macaroni factory, a generator factory, and an office building. Redesign has divided the building to provide ten units for office and retail users, including small businesses, nonprofits, and a new home for our Seward Commons tenant Cycles for Change which is expanding into Five Square.

The major renovation will include efficient heating, air conditioning and lighting, sprinklers, a passenger elevator, and accessible restrooms and entrances. Redesign will also transform the first floor storefront by adding large windows and new entrances. Watch the corner of Franklin and 26th Ave South over the summer to see the dramatic transformation!

The ‘Five Square’ building on the corner of Franklin and 26th Avenue, across from the Seward Creamery Café.

Phase III of Seward Commons Slated for Housing Redevelopment
After two successful affordable housing projects at the Seward Commons Redevelopment Site, Redesign continues to pursue development of a 120-unit rental project. The goal of Phase III is to construct a high-quality building without income limits that will spur other development in the Franklin LRT station area and diversify incomes.

Rendering of the Seward Commons Phase III apartments.

2610 East 32nd Street/3140 Snelling Avenue – Refinance and Renovation
In 2016 Redesign refinanced the former Moto Primo building near 32nd Street and Hiawatha. Funds were used to renovate the parking lot and warehouse building, including drywall at the interior of the south warehouse area; removal of asbestos-containing siding; removal of a catch basin; installation of an additional sewer line; and regrading and repaving of the parking lot. Staff also worked with a color consultant to select a vibrant color scheme that differentiates the building from its surroundings.

Redesign’s newly painted warehouse at 3140 Snelling Avenue.

Planning and Infrastructure

Redesign is involved in varying degrees with the advocacy, planning, and design of several street and corridor infrastructure projects in our service area.

Reconnecting Neighborhoods is a collaborative planning process initiated by Redesign and the West Bank Business Association. The project is coordinated by Scott Shaffer, and involves the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, and neighborhood organizations. The goals of the project are to improve coordination among government agencies and the neighborhood, to plan improvements to the crossings of I-94, and to improve community engagement, especially with historically underrepresented groups. The project will study five crossings of I-94:

  • Cedar Avenue
  • 20th Avenue
  • The pedestrian and bicycle bridge between 22nd Avenue and 23rd Avenue
  • 25th Avenue
  • Riverside Avenue

To learn more, visit the MNDOT project webpage or send Scott an e-mail.


The Franklin/Cedar/Minnehaha Intersection, currently under construction, is being reconfigured for enhanced pedestrian, bicycle and auto safety. Visit the Hennepin County project webpage.