Lexington Commons

Lexington Commons: Adaptive Reuse

Lexington Commons is a sober living community with 48 efficiency apartments specifically designed for single adults who meet the state definition of Long-Term Homeless and single adults who meet the federal definition of Chronic Homelessness.  Residents pay rent based on income.  Lexington Commons is permanent, supportive, affordable housing.

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Lexington’s primary funding source is federal stimulus funds administered through Minnesota Housing for a total of $8 million. The development is one of the first in the state of Minnesota to receive federal stimulus funds for affordable housing.

Lexington Commons Development Partners

  • Ryan Construction Company
  • Elness, Swenson, Graham Architects, Inc.
  • Minnesota Housing

Community facilities include a computer lab, on-site Advantage Services for all residents, laundry facility, lounges and community spaces.  The property is also conveniently located within ¼ mile of a Central Corridor Light Rail Transit stop.




An adaptive reuse of a four-story former nursing home built in the 1960s, Lexington Commons was designed to achieve LEED certification. Construction included demolition of all non-structural walls, asbestos abatement, complete roof replacement and a new, high-efficiency mechanical system. We added new windows, resin panels to cover the existing air conditioning sleeves, and a professionally landscaped patio area to complete the building’s transformation.