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CLARE APARTMENTS
Minneapolis, Minnesota

This 32-unit mixed use building offers permanent supportive housing for residents with diagnosed HIV/AIDS and also includes the corporate offices of Clare Housing. Other spaces within the building include a therapy suite, social worker offices and a large resident lounge adjacent to the patio and future healing garden. Durable materials such as brick, glazed concrete block and solid wood cabinets give the residents and staff a stable home, and the introduction of rich colors and pattern to inexpensive materials such as paint and vinyl tile brings personality to the structure within a tight budget. The building is sited at the edge of a residential neighborhood along a major circulation spine within the city, and its bay windows mark both approaches to the building as well as the entrance to the neighborhood. The master plan for the site includes the development of eight owner-occupied townhomes (to be constructed in 2006), reconfiguration of an existing parking lot for the adjacent public housing high rise, and creation of a common green space to be shared by all three structures.

CONSTRUCTION COST
Approximately $4,100,000

TEAM
OWNER: Clare Housing
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Frerichs Construction

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