Fort Snelling Upper Post

The historic Fort Snelling Upper Post is in the process of being approved for conversion into affordable multifamily residential housing. Acting as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners voted August 14, 2018, to recommend issuance of $58 million in housing revenue bonds for the project.

Remaining steps before work on the project begins include a public hearing and final action from the Housing and Redevelopment Authority and Board of Commissioners, which are both expected in early 2019.

Dominium, a Plymouth-based affordable housing development and management company, has proposed a $98 million dollar affordable housing and historic preservation project for the site. Plans include converting the 26 Upper Post buildings into 176 affordable housing units. All units will be affordable to households with income at or below 60 percent of the area median income. Units will also remain affordable for at least 25 years and veterans will be given rental priority.

The Fort Snelling Upper Post site was part of the larger Fort Snelling military base established in 1819. The Upper Post buildings were constructed starting in 1879 and were used as a defense facility, administration base, and rehabilitation center for wounded veterans.

Located at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers, the land around Fort Snelling is considered a sacred place of origin, known as Bdote, by the Dakota people. The site was decommissioned in 1946, and was transferred to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Fort Snelling was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

Hennepin County and its partners have been involved in trying to find a solution for preserving the historic site since 2006. These partners include the National Parks Service, Veterans Affairs, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Historical Society, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Board Action Request: 18-HCHRA-0023