Inspiring Communities

The Inspiring Communities program is a scattered site housing redevelopment strategy that was approved by the Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) Board on October 9, 2013 through Resolution 13-1592. This strategy was created after an extensive analysis of HRA owned property. Recommendations on the disposition of HRA property were approved on July 26, 2013 through Resolution 13-1097 and were presented to neighborhood stakeholders on August 1, 2013.

Inspiring Communities provides focused investment in cluster areas in neighborhoods most impacted by foreclosure and vacancy. The program funds assist developers with development gap financing for construction of new housing on vacant lots or rehabilitation of vacant structures.

Inspiring Communities Goals:

  • Utilize HRA property as a catalyst for neighborhood transformation
  • Construct or rehabilitate lots or buildings to create a variety of housing opportunities in focused cluster areas
  • Create job opportunities for local residents, Section 3 certified businesses, minority, women, or small businesses
  • Inspire innovative, sustainable design and construction methods

Dayton's Bluff Request for Proposals (RFP) - March 2016

Thank you for your interest in the Dayton's Bluff RFP. All proposals must be submitted on through the Procurement Supplier Portal. Once in the Supplier Portal, click "Browse Open Events." Please note that you are able to access and view the RFP documents without creating a log-in. The actual RFP documents are listed through the supplier portal and outline developer requirements, however, additional information may be found below. 

Properties released in this RFP are listed under two separate events on Please be certain proposals are submitted under the correct event.

Dayton's Bluff RFP Property List and Reports

Map of Dayton's Bluff RFP Properties

This RFP has closed. Proposals were due Wednesday, May 11, 2016 for the following properties:

  • 700 4th Street East
  • 767 4th Street East
  • 737 Plum Street
  • 275 Bates Street

Proposals are due Wednesday, June 8, 2016 for the following properties:

Note: Proposals must be submitted under Event 379 on
View the RFP event here.

  • 208-210 Bates Street
  • 216-218 Bates Street

Property under this RFP may be subject to federal regulations, noted by funding source on the property list. HRA staff will work with developers to determine applicable regulations. However, local compliance requirements and documentation is required for all properties. 

Developer Resources

The following sample documents may be useful to developers in preparing proposals or to whom projects have been awarded.

Green Communities Resources

Projects with CDBG funding require certification through Enterprise Green Communities, including 275 Bates, 208-210 Bates, and 216-218 Bates.

Inspiring Communities Development Compliance Documentation and Checklists

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