A mid-construction open house at the city of Coon Rapids’ Home for Generations project at 11635 Xavis St. N.W. will take place Sunday, March 25, noon to 3 p.m.
This will be the second open house at the rambler, which was built in 1960, and purchased for the Home for Generations program by the Coon Rapids Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) as a vacant/foreclosed property.
The first open house in February, which was attended by more than 300 people, was to allow residents to see the house before remodeling started and to unveil the remodeling plans.
According to Kristin DeGrande, Coon Rapids neighborhood coordinator, Sunday’s open house is an opportunity for residents to see the changes the rambler has undergone since last month.
Interior demolition has been completed, new framing constructed and new plumbing, electrical and mechanical have been roughed in, DeGrande said.
“Tour the home and take a look at the progress before Sheetrock goes up,” she said.
Contractor Darrell Olson of Legacy Homes, Mike Hunstad of Counselor Realty, who is marketing the property, and city staff will be on hand to answer questions.
This is the fifth vacant/foreclosed home that the HRA has purchased through the Home for Generations program since it was launched in 2009.
The purpose of the Home for Generations program has been to purchase vacant/foreclosed older homes in the city, remodel them and then sell them to recover the HRA’s purchase and remodeling costs, not to turn a profit.
All four prior homes that have been purchased and remodeled have been sold, including two last year.
But more than that, the HRA, through the Home for Generations program, wants to give residents living in older homes in the city ideas for remodeling their own homes.
And for that reason, the city has pre-construction, mid-construction and post-construction open houses.
The post-construction open houses for the Xavis Street rambler will take place in May when the remodeled home will be placed on the market.
Peter Bodley is at [email protected]