THE BURNHAM

St. Louis County Jail will be reinvented as much-needed housing

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LOCATION

 

CLIENT

CONSTRUCTED

PROJECT DATE

PROJECT SCOPE

PROJECT SIZE

Duluth, MN

Private Developer

1924, 1980

2018-present

Project planning and management, historic tax credit certification, project financing

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

Long-vacant and hard-to-reuse buildings can be successfully converted into housing.

CHALLENGE

Like many jails, the former Saint Louis County jail in Duluth is a challenging building type to reuse: it has many small cells that make up the structural system, it was stripped for demolition, and has been vacant for over 15 years. In addition, financing complex reuse projects is challenging and generally involves multiple funding sources including historic tax credits, tax increment financing, and grants.

SUCCESS

New History collaborated with the design team to create 33 residential units in the former jail. New History also collaborated with the owner and Donjek consulting to secure project support and financing.