Housing study lands hard


February 23, 2024

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This small home located at 217 Third St. in Cloquet is being restored by Lagom Restoration, of Duluth. "This property is being fixed up to become a more attainable workforce house," said Josh MacInnes, one of the Lagom owners who was working onsite late last year. Filling gaps in the housing market has been identified as a primary goal for both the city of Cloquet and Carlton County.

Carlton County is short by up to 50 units of entry-level housing for new homebuyers, 350 units of affordable apartments, 60 units of workforce rentals and scores of units for seniors who desire to own, scale down or transition into settings such as assisted living.

That was the stark tale told by a Comprehensive Housing Needs Analysis presented to the Carlton County board earlier this month.

Presented by LOCi Consulting of St. Paul, the analysis left commissioners thankful for the information.

"What we've heard over and over is that as soon as a unit gets available, it gets turned over," said...

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