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Get the latest news about CommonBond—from spotlights on residents and updates on our progress in creating more homes, to the issues around affordable housing.

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Contact: Alicia Cordes-Mayo
Director of Strategic & Internal Communications

News & Media Archive

Development Roundup: Wilder Square
1/14/2021 – St. Paul Monitor

Commercial Real Estate: Executives from Colliers, CommonBond among others reflect on historic year
12/22/2020 – Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Helping people in a housing crisis
12/1/2020 – Southwest Journal

2020 Most Admired CEOs: Deidre Schmidt, CommonBond Communities
11/30/2020 – Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Video: At Yorkdale Townhomes in Edina, learning from home is nothing new
11/25/2020 – Sun Current

People on the move
11/25/2020 – Affordable Housing Finance

CommonBond seeks approval for Wilder Square renovation
11/20/2020 – Finance & Commerce

Citing open space, Highland Park coalition files legal action to block Ford site building
11/9/2020 – Pioneer Press

Affordable housing: what it is, and why it matters
11/9/2020 – Rapid City Journal

Otto Bremer Trust announces second phase of emergency fund to focus on restoring small businesses and critical services
11/2/2020 – Filmore County Journal

A Milwaukee affordable housing community works with artist to help kids express their feelings about the pandemic
10/30/2020 – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Trail Point Ridge opens in Eden Prairie
10/21/2020 – Sun Sailor

CommonBond opens three affordable projects, including Eden Prairies first in 12 years
10/19/2020 – Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal

City enters into development agreement with Le Sueur Meadows
10/19/2020 – Le Sueur County News

Otto Bremer Trust announces second phase of emergency fund
10/19/2020 – Daily News

Lunds & Byerlys commits to Highland Bridge
9/15/2020 – Finance & Commerce

Jamal Osman Settles in to Ward 6 Council
9/14/2020 – The Minnesota Daily

Millions of dollars allocated in Minnesota to assist renters and homeowners from losing their homes
8/26/2020 – KARE-11 TV

Jamal Osman leading  in crowded special election for Minneapolis City Council
8/11/2020 – Star Tribune

St Paul nonprofit housing developer aims to grow with demand fueled by pandemic
8/4/2020 – Star Tribune

CommonBond buys land in Plymouth, Roseville for affordable housing
7/31/2020 – Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Ryan Cos. moves forward with St. Paul redevelopment
7/16/2020 – Multi-Housing News

$100M housing assistance program coming for low-income Minnesotans, Walz announces
7/15/2020 – Pioneer Press

Ryan Cos. holds virtual groundbreaking for Highland Bridge, new name for Ford site
7/14/2020 – Star Tribune

Watch: Gov Walz, Lt. Gov Flanagan announce housing relief plan amid COVID-19
7/14/2020 – Grand Forks Herald

$100 million available to Minnesotans struggling with housing costs
7/14/2020 – Star Tribune

Gov. Walz announces $100M in housing assistance before Sept. 1 rent is due
7/14/2020 – Kare-11 TV

A $14.1 million redevelopment of a north side apartment community will preserve 90 affordable housing units
7/14/2020 – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Affordable senior housing planned west of Highland Village Center: CommonBond Communities requests three variances for five-story, 60-unit building
6/24/2020 – St. Paul Villager

Ryan outlines first project on Ford site: Apartments above a grocery store
6/18/2020 – Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Grocery store, market-rate and affordable senior housing proposed for Ford site
6/17/2020 – St. Paul Pioneer Press

People on the Move
5/28/2020 – Affordable Housing Finance

Minnesota nonprofits boost mental health services during COVID-19
5/20/2020 – Star Tribune

Making rent on time has always been a challenge for many. COVID-19 just adds to the struggle
5/20/2020 – REJournals

City Council Briefs
5/8/2020 – Monticello Times

MSPBJ Announces Most Admired CEOs
4/30/2020 – Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Candidates line up for Mpls. City Council vacancy
4/21/2020 – Star Tribune

Economic downturn hits affordable housing
4/10/2020 – Finance & Commerce

31% can’t pay the rent: ‘It’s only going to get worse’
4/8/2020 – New York Times

For thousands in Minnesota out of work, rent and house payments are coming due
3/31/2020 – Star Tribune

CommonBond buys Ford Parcel
3/20/2020 – Finance & Commerce

Locked Down: Coronavirus forces MN nursing homes to ban family visits
3/18/2020 – Pioneer Press

Minnesota housing groups sat sprinkler mandates require money
3/12/2020 – Star Tribune

Klobuchar, Smith announce NeighborWorks grants for affordable MN housing
2/21/2020 – Brainerd Dispatch

Klobuchar, Smith announce $3 million in grants for investments in affordable housing
2/21/2020 – KTOE

CommonBond plans housing, child care in former church
2/21/2020 – Finance & Commerce

Ryan to shuffle retail, housing in rezoning of Ford site
2/11/2020 – Finance & Commerce

Which way, Northeast?
2/6/2020 – MSP Business Journal

With boomers in mind, Catholic Eldercare expands creative programs for seniors
1/18/2020 – Star Tribune

Eppstein Uhen principal and shareholder John “Chris” Gallagher dies
1/15/2020 – BizTimes

Federal funds approved for Coon Rapids apartment rehab
1/1/2020 – ABC Newspaper

Recently homeless in Minneapolis, former businesswoman grateful for studio apartment
12/23/2019 – Star Tribune

Gateway Northeast financing closes
12/20/2019 – Finance & Commerce

Ryan Companies close $61 million deal for former Ford plant
12/20/2019 – Ford Authority

Developer finalizes deal to buy 122-acre plot at former Ford site in St.Paul
12/19/2019 – KTSP

Ryan Companies closes on purchase of Ford Plant site
12/19/2019 – Minnesota Public Radio (MPR News)

Ryan closes on $61M purchase of Saint Paul Ford site
12/19/2019 – Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Ryan Cos. acquires Ford site for $61 million. announces housing partners
12/19/2019 – Star Tribune

Ryan Companies closes on 122-acre former Ford site
12/19/2019 – Yahoo Finance

Ryan closes on Ford factory site (Updated)
12/19/2019 – Finance and Commerce

‘We can go toe to toe with profit-motivated buyers’ says CommonBond’s Deidre Schmidt
12/10/2019 – Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Plan for housing atop Rochester parking ramp may lack support- from the ramp
11/27/2019 – Minneapolis Saint Paul Business Journal

Ramp woes threaten Rochester apartments
11/26/2019 – Finance and Commerce

Consultant raises concerns about ramps’ (in)ability to handle housing addition
11/26/2019 – Med City Beat

Housing atop Rochester’s new parking ramp is on hold
11/26/2019 – Star Tribune

Ford Site project moves ahead in St. Paul
11/15/2019 – Star Tribune

St Paul City council approves array of affordable housing initiatives 
11/13/2019 – Pioneer Press

Minneapolis City Council committee approves $18 million for Affordable Housing trust fund projects
11/13/2019 – Star Tribune

Ryan, St Paul finalize Ford development deal
11/12/2019 – Finance and Commerce

Final development deal reached on Ford site in St. Paul
11/12/2019 – Star Tribune

Dakota County art projects get grants
11/10/2019 – Sun ThisWeek

CommonBond wraps up record-setting year
11/06/2019 – Finance and Commerce

New owner will preserve affordable housing in historic Minneapolis building
10/30/2019 – Star Tribune

The truth about gentrification: The Panel
10/26/2019 – Milwaukee Courier

‘Somewhere to lay my head’: 100M Dorthy Day campus set to open in St. Paul
10/24/2019 – Star Tribune

Parishes help provide leadership for affordable housing
10/18/2019 – The Catholic Spirit

Former middle school is transformed
10/04/2019 – Pine Knot News

Minnesota’s CommonBond heads for record affordable-housing development year
09/24/2019 – Star Tribune

South St.Paul Scrambling After Manager of Public-Housing-High-Rises Steps Away
09/13/2019 – Star Tribune

South St.Paul Seeks New Public Housing Provider After CommonBond Pulls Out
09/13/2019 – Pioneer Press

Minneapolis Foundation Announces $500,000 in Grants to Boost Resources for Renters
09/12/2019 – Star Tribune

The Minneapolis Foundation awards first grants from OneMPLS fund
09/11/2019 – Minneapolis Foundation

Olmsted County home prices skyrocketing, affordable housing
09/09/2019 – KTTC

Nonprofit plans to build eight stories of affordable housing above downtown Rochester ramp
09/06/2019 – Med City Beat

2019 Affordable Housing Forum highlights new study on ex-offenders’ access to stable housing
09/5/2019 – Journal Sentinel

Developer chosen for 127-unit Rochester Apartment Complex
09/04/2019 – KIMT3 News

Affordable Housing Forum
09/04/2019 – Shepard Express

Running for Shelter to take part in one last race
08/16/2019 – Affordable Housing Finance

Just Sold: Work starts on Eden Prairie senior housing
08/02/2019 – Finance & Commerce

Housing challenges remain as metro area growth continues
07/30/2019 – Sun Current

OURS: Housing shortage fixes both a risk and opportunity
07/28/2019 – Rapid City Journal

CommonBond buys Hastings affordable apartments
07/16/2019 – Finance & Commerce

Raynetta Hill of CommonBond joins WHEDA board
07/16/2019 – Milwaukee Community Journal

Roseville ousts planning chair over refusal to rescue himself
07/15/2019 – Finance & Commerce

Coon Rapids apartment rehabilitation project funded
07/08/2019 – Home Town Source

Here is what we know about the three housing proposals for Parking Ramp No.6
06/25/2019 – Med City Beat

Associated Bank secures construction financing for age-restricted property in Madison,WI
06/12-2019 – ReBuisness

Associated Bank provides financing for senior housing in Madison
06/11/2019 – ReJournals

Nonprofit to help with affordable housing in Rapid City
06/06/2019 – SDPB

Nonprofit developer working to bring affordable housing to Rapid City
06/06/2019 – New Center

Affordable Housing Study
06/05/2019 – Black Hills Fox

Affordable housing pitch OK’d by city
05/31/2019 – Star News

Joaquin Altoro to lead WHEDA
05/15/2019 – Urban Milwaukee

Evers appoints Town Bank executive Joaquin Altoro to lead WHEDA
05/14/2019 – BizJournals

Gov Evers appoints Joaquin Altoro to serve as WHEDA Executive Director
05/14/2019 – Madison365

Right track to place 32 midway youth into summer jobs near St. Paul’s Allianz Field
04/18/2019 – Pioneer Press

520 new affordable apartments planned
04/04/2019 – Urban Milwaukee

Eden Prairie workforce housing up for TIF
04/01/2019 – Finance & Commerce

Suburbs embrace affordable housing efforts as rents rise in Twin Cities
03/31/2019 – Star Tribune

Klobuchar, Smith announce more than $3M in grants throughout MN for critical investments in affordable housing and community development
03/20/2019 – Smith Senate

List Leaders: Largest senior living operators in the Twin Cities
03/08/2019 – Residential Real Estate

State to offer free training to help landlords defuse tension with mentally ill tenants
03/06/2019 – Star Tribune

Do renters’ past crimes matter? Study says often not
02/28/2019 – Finance & Commerce

Ex-offenders generally pose no greater threat to landlords than overall affordable-housing renters
02/27/2019 – Star Tribune

Proposed affordable housing development sparks reaction from Common Council Members
02/18/219 – La Crosse Tribune

North Side affordable-housing project raises concentration concerns
2/18/2019 – La Crosse Tribune

Letter: Edina needs an effective policy for permanent affordable housing in the city
2/1/2019 – Sun Current

Large Nonprofit Developers Unite in New Tax Credit Fund
1/29/2019 – Housing Finance

La Crosse commission OKs TIF funding for North Side apartments
1/26/2019 – La Crosse Tribune

Saving our Democracy: Jan 24-30, 2019
1/22/2019 – Shepherd Express

Shutdown could stall affordable housing funds
1/16/2019 – Finance & Commerce

Our view: Affordable Housing: New apartment projects will boost prosperity
11/2/2018 – The Free Press Editorial Board

State announces $87 million for affordable housing
11/2/2018 – Finance & Commerce

Le Sueur Meadows expansion backed by state funding
11/2/2018 – Le Sueur County News

Funding paves way for more affordable housing projects
11/1/2018 – The Free Press

Grand opening of new affordable housing complex in Mankato
10/30/2018 – KEYC Mankato News

Dublin Crossing brings workforce housing to Mankato
10/30/2018 – The Free Press

A Step Above: Developers finding new housing options for moderate-income renters
9/13/2018 – Affordable Housing Finance

More places to call home: New report highlights housing as single best investment for Minnesota’s economy
9/13/2018 – Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations

Eden Prairie church redevelopment would bring affordable senior housing
9/11/2018 – Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

New housing vs. used: Nonprofits try new tactic in affordability wars
8/31/2018 – Pioneer Press

Subject Matter Expertise
Looking for an expert to comment on an issue?
Contact Alicia Cordes-Mayo to schedule an interview.
Our staff members have expertise in these areas:
• Affordable Housing Development & Financing
• Community Development
• Community Revitalization
• Eviction Prevention
• Long-Term Homelessness/Supportive Housing
• Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing (NOAH)
• Social Impact Investing

CommonBond’s Annual Report
2019 Annual Report