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New Dacotah Ridge complex in works

Affordable Housing Developers, Inc., is working toward building a new 16-unit complex for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. The Dickinson-based nonprofit purchased two buildings from The Arc of Dickinson in 2017 for its Dacotah Rid...

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Affordable Housing Developers, Inc., is working toward building a new 16-unit complex for low-income seniors and people with disabilities.

The Dickinson-based nonprofit purchased two buildings from The Arc of Dickinson in 2017 for its Dacotah Ridge Apartments project.

"It's what we call an acquisition and rehabilitation project," Andrea Diede, AHD executive director, said. "We got funding from state and federal agencies to acquire the buildings and update them, and that's what we've been working on."

An eight-unit building at 580 Eighth St. E. cost roughly $1.3 million to acquire and renovate.

"The renovations are nearly complete and we moved tenants back in in March," Diede said. "We updated the units with new flooring, paint. We installed elevators, new siding. And we converted a couple of the units to be more handicap accessible."

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A 16-unit building at 560 Eighth St. E., though, will cost roughly $4.3 million for acquisition, its demolition and reconstruction.

"We ran into a few structural issues on the building," Diede said. "Our plan now is to demolish the building and build new in its place."

The project is receiving Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Housing Incentive Fund dollars through the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HOME Investment Funds through the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

"Since we had to change the scope, we had to get new approvals from HUD, so we're in that process now," Diede said. "Hopefully in September we can remove the asbestos and take the building down."

She added, "Without the help of state and federal agencies there's no way we would be able to make these nice new apartments for these tenants."

Demolition and construction of the new complex could begin this year, Diede said.

"If all goes well, and we have a good winter, we can finish completion in spring or early summer next year," she said.

AHD was first incorporated in 1997 as a "community housing development organization," receiving state and federal funds to "assist in the development and preservation of low income housing throughout the state."

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The need is great not only for housing for low-income seniors and the developmentally or physically disabled, but for preserving housing for them, as well, Diede said.

"There is always a need for affordable housing for low to moderate income individuals and families, and some areas in the state have been able to keep up and meet those needs," she said, "but a lot of the older properties that assist in meeting affordable housing needs are in need of updating and preservation."

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