A Welcome Home
PPL’s Fort Road Flats Brings New Affordable Housing to Saint Paul
A welcoming sign, the laughter of kids on a playground, and a beautiful new building greet you as you arrive at Fort Road Flats, PPL’s newest affordable and supportive housing development in St. Paul. May 2 was a great day, (despite the surprising cold), for PPL, civic leaders, and residents of Fort Road Flats and the broader Highland neighborhood, as we gathered together in celebration of the opening of this 44-unit building.
Mayor Chris Coleman and Minnesota Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal were among the local leaders on hand. The Mayor quickly found some young “relatives,” the Coleman brothers who, along with their mom, have found a new home at Fort Road Flats. The brothers are just two of many children excited to call Fort Road Flats their home and are engaged in onsite programming that features our Hear Me Read curriculum and tutor/mentors to support academic and developmental growth. Support services for adults are also provided by PPL, along with specialized case management services provided by Catholic Charities for 16 families impacted by homelessness.
Fort Road Flats reflects PPL’s commitment to sustainable design and construction methodologies. It features energy efficient appliances, a stormwater management system that retains over 90% of rainwater for irrigation, and usage of low VOC-paints, among other amenities. The building was also designed with families in mind—the majority of units are two-bedrooms or greater, there is a large community room, and an attractive outdoor space.
West Seventh Street—formerly Fort Road—was once the main traders’ pathway from downtown St. Paul to Fort Snelling. Today, PPL, along with county, city, and neighborhood partners, have brought a new stop on this important thoroughfare: a place to help low-income families create their own new pathways to success.