Anoka city planners have a plan to try and draw more people to their historic downtown. The city has partnered with Rottlund Homes on the $20 million Historic Rum River District project. The plan will place senior condos and lofts along the Rum River.
The project will include two, three and four-story brick condo buildings with 92 units for people 55 and over. Additionally, there will be two loft buildings with 100 units that will also house first-floor retail space. It is hoped that adding more residents in the downtown will turn the Main Street area into a prosperous commercial district.
The first senior condo building already began construction last month. It will offer another housing option for longtime Anoka residents who wish to sell their houses but want to remain in the area. This in turn will free up single-family homes in Anoka MN for young families and first-time home buyers to move into.
To capitalize on the development's proximity to the river, Anoka city planners also plans to build a park. Riverfront Park will feature a fishing pier, walking and biking trails, and a playground. What’s more, the downtown condo project will be just a few blocks away from a Northstar Commuter Rail station that open next year.
Rottlund Homes has not set a completion date for the project. It will be constructed in phases dependent on sales of the properties.