- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The renovation of an apartment building in southeast Minot is moving forward as the first major project of the city’s National Disaster Resilience Program.

The City Council approved a $1.85 million grant to rehabilitate the existing 35-unit building and add five more units, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/2m5w7m0 ) reported. Park South Apartments will be required to offer 30 of its units at affordable rents for 30 years and four handicap accessible units.

“We should feel a great satisfaction to be able to provide quality, affordable housing with this program,” said Bruce Walker, a principal in the property’s nonprofit owner, Essential Living. “We feel this project is part of the long-term solution in Minot for affordable housing.”

He said building renovations will include a new heating system, an elevator and stormwater management. The property, which was built in 1948 as a convent, includes an additional five acres that will be saved for future construction of affordable housing when needed.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Minot a $74 million National Disaster Resilience Grant last year to help with recovery from the 2011 Souris River flood.

City Manager Tom Barry said the resilience program aims to use $21 million of the grant available for multi-family housing to create 183 affordable rental units.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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