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Adaptive reuse of historic school creates affordable housing

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LOCATION

 

CLIENT

CONSTRUCTED

PROJECT DATE

PROJECT SCOPE

PROJECT SIZE

New Ulm, MN

Trellis (formerly Community Housing Development Corporation, CHDC)

1915-1956

2017-2021

Historic tax credit certification, condition assessments, design guidance for historic building redevelopment

90,000 sq. ft., 49 units

Historic tax credits pair with low-income housing tax credits for an award-winning redevelopment project.

CHALLENGE

The former New Ulm High School was decommissioned by the New Ulm School District in 2007. New owners planned to complete a renovation of the building for multi-family housing, using state and federal historic tax credits as well as low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC). To succeed, the project needed to navigate the unique challenges of utilizing historic tax credits for a multi-owner site and preserving the historic character of the school while meeting requirements for a residential reuse.

 

SUCCESS

New History led the historic tax credit application process and worked with the project team to develop design solutions that met preservation standards, including a solution for reusing the school’s historic library space. In 2021, the completed project received a Minnesota Real Estate Journal Award.