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LEIJONA

98 jail cells reinvented as much-needed housing

"New History was instrumental in navigating the construction challenges of a complex building while meeting historic tax credit design requirements for a project that had been dismissed as impossible."

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LOCATION

 

CLIENT

CONSTRUCTED

PROJECT DATE

PROJECT SCOPE

 

PROJECT BUDGET

PROJECT SIZE

Duluth, MN

Meghan Elliott (Jillpine) with Jon Commers and Grant Carlson

1924, 1980

2018-2023

Project planning and strategy, historic tac credit certification, design guidance

$11 million

 

35,000 sq. ft. (33 units of housing)

Long-vacant and hard-to-reuse buildings can be successfully converted into housing with Minnesota state and federal historic tax credits.

CHALLENGE

Like many jails, the former Saint Louis County jail in Duluth is an extremely challenging building type to reuse: it had many small steel jail cells that didn’t have windows – and the cells themselves hold up the structure. In addition, the large financing gap required layering multiple funding sources.

SUCCESS

New History collaborated with the design team at LHB to find creative design solutions to create 33
residential units in the former jail. The structure and mechanical systems were re-imagined to cleverly configure the historic mechanical chase into a central corridor. New History completed a preliminary determination with the National Park Service in order to bring confidence to the historic tax credit approvals. This project provides unique and much-needed additional housing units in a formerly blighted building.

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