Low Income & Supportive Housing, Homeless Warming Shelter, Olmsted County Small Business Support


Low Income Senior Citizen and Supportive Housing

Construction for a supportive housing apartment building has started.  The project located on Mayowood road will cost about $8.4 million.  The project received Housing Infrastructure Bonds from the state of Minnesota to cover the cost and will be paid for by Housing and Redevelop Authority income.  The HRA/Olmsted County reduced the amount of the bond by providing the land for about $300,000 and to assist with the development of the site.  This is Phase I of plan for this site which will be mostly for supportive housing.  There is room for a second housing project which will be primarily for low-income seniors. The plan is to use Olmsted County HRA funds as they become available and to and work with other state agencies until financing can be arranged.  The completion target date for phase 1 is October 2021.

I supported this project and will seek ways to begin on Phase 2 at the earliest possible date. See more with this video:


Homeless Warming Shelter

Olmsted County is remodeling space to double the capacity for the Homeless Shelter.  I toured the space last week.  The homeless shelter is managed by an outside non-profit agency.  The shelter has laundry facilities, showers, storage space, and separate facilities for men and women.  HRA is funding the construction cost of the remodeling.  It will be completed soon and will be immediately in use.  I supported this project.  Please also be aware that Olmsted County social services works with the homeless to stabilize their condition and provides permanent housing as soon as possible.


Olmsted County Provided Economic Support to Small Businesses 

Olmsted County received CARES Act Money from the Federal Government to alleviate some of the loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Olmsted set aside $5 million to help small businesses and non-profits.  See the November 8 post to view the businesses and non-profits that received financial assistance in the first round of the CARES Act funds distribution.  I supported a second round of CARES Act dollars to help more small businesses and to distribute as much financial assistance as possible.


For the businesses receiving funds as part of round two:

  • 36 (63% of awardees) will receive the full amount of $15,000.
  • 35 (61% of awardees) employed six or fewer FTEs.
  • 25 (44% of awardees) are majority owned by women.
  • 10 (18% of awardees) are majority owned by racial or ethnic minorities
  • 1 is majority owned by veterans.

Businesses that received financial Assistance from the County in the Second Round

  • Adler’s Travel Agency, Inc.: $15,000
  • AMSHOTEL, LLC (Rochester Inn): $15,000
  • Arnold Athletics LLC (CrossFit Detour): $15,000
  • Broadway Hotel Group LLC (Hampton Inn Rochester South): $15,000
  • Broadway Laundromat of Rochester, LLC (Broadway Laundromat): $5,051.50
  • Bursch Travel Agency, Inc.: $15,000
  • Chelsea A Van Tassel:$4,927.50
  • David Twernbold (DBA Country Café): $15,000
  • Dokken Properties LLC: $8,581
  • Early Advantage Developmental Child Care Center LLC: $15,000
  • Emperius, LLC (MedCity Consulting): $3,400.50
  • Escape Challenge, LLC: $9,650
  • EXP ROCH LLC (Express Employment Professionals): $8,940
  • Finbrew LLC (Little Thistle Brewing Company): $13,186.50
  • FTL Systems Inc.: $6,516
  • Gallery on First: $15,000
  • Gamehawks, LLC (Games by James): $15,000
  • Glenns Motorcoach Tours Inc: $15,000
  • GURFF Corporation (Good Feet Store): $7,108.50
  • Hair Studio 52 and Day Spa, Inc.: $15,000
  • Hanny’s Inc. (Hanny’s Men’s Wear): $15,000
  • Image of Rochester, Inc: $15,000
  • Joe’s Auto Care Inc (Joe’s Auto and Tire): $15,000
  • Kuehn Rental LLC: $15,000
  • Malaika Massage Therapy, LLC: $4,551
  • Mattan’s Grilled Philly Steak Subs (Almis Coffee Shop): $3,353.50
  • Med City Beat: $1,785.50
  • Med City Lodging Group, LLC (Comfort Suites): $15,000
  • MenSalon LLC: $15,000
  • Mestads Enterprises (Mestads Bridal & Formalwear): $15,000
  • Midwest Signtech of Rochester, LLC.: $15,000
  • MLT Group LLC (MLT Group): $10,989.50
  • Murphy & Teal, Inc. (Kathy’s Pub): $4,798.50
  • Partner Up Promotions, LLC (Bounce World): $15,000
  • Peach Perfect LLC (Orangetheory Fitness): $15,000
  • Podein’s Power Equipment INC: $15,000
  • Powers Catering (Rochester International Event Center): $15,000
  • Quality Kid Care Center Inc.: $4,832
  • Quality Life Chiropractic & Massage, P.A.: $15,000
  • RDahlstrom, Inc. (Hers): $15,000
  • Remjoy Special Transportation Services LLC: $15,000
  • Resilience Impact LLC: $15,000
  • Rochester Fire Extinguisher Company LLC: $5,772
  • Salem Glen Vineyard and Winery: $15,000
  • Salon Nouvo Inc: $15,000
  • Salt and Pepper Photography: $4,474
  • Schmidt Goodman Office Products, Inc: $15,000
  • Schmitt’s Stride Rite, LLC: $12,584
  • Sixth & Crescent (Saladworks): $8,963
  • Strategic Investors, LLC (The UPS Store 5947): $15,000
  • Tangerine at Wildflowers Inc.: $15,000
  • Teas Design Inc: $15,000
  • The Gallery of Rochester, Inc. (tips n toes): $15,000
  • Total Restaurant Supply Inc: $15,000
  • Uptown Pilates LLC: $6,348.50
  • Vivian Lark: $2,118
  • Wabi Sabi Express LLC: $7,917
  • WellSpring Acupuncture Clinic, INC: $1,309.50
  • Whistle Binkies, LLC (Whistle Binkies Olde World Pub): $15,000

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