In collaboration with CRW architecture + design group, Inc., Shelby Commons is an affordable housing community located in the North Loop neighborhood of downtown Minneapolis. The project creates 46 new affordable and supportive housing for families and individuals, with 12 units dedicated to people experiencing housing insecurity. Shelby Commons will offer 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units with energy efficient kitchens, a community room, underground parking, and outdoor spaces including a 2nd floor rooftop terrace, playground, and community gardens for residents.  Shelby Commons will also include more than 2,000 square feet of public art across two large scale exterior murals commissioned by Juxtaposition Arts.

Client: Woda Cooper Companies, Inc.
             Project for Pride in Living (PPL)
Type: afforDable
Size: 4-story, 46 units

Community Amenities

The amenity spaces include:

  • Lobby/lounge
  • Package/mail room
  • Clubroom
  • Common laundry space
  • facility leasing/management/service center office space.
  • Fitness space
  • Kid’s playroom

Outdoor amenities will include private walk-out patios at the first floor; projected outdoor roof terrace at the third floor; and, children’s play area and outdoor dining terrace located in courtyard formed by the apartment building and adjacent building to the North, which will protect these areas from street and highway noise.

Enhancing Community with Supportive Housing

Uniquely, all of the units at Shelby Commons will be affordable for households earning 30% to 80% area median income. MPHA will provide 12 project-based vouchers for rental assistance, and Hennepin County will provide five Housing Supports to subsidize rents and also supportive services. Primary financing for Shelby Commons was supported through Low-Income Housing Tax Credits allocated by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency and the City of Minneapolis. As our client, Paul Williams, of Project for Pride in Living (PPL) stated, “Place matters, and putting up much needed housing in this neighborhood of Minneapolis will have a lasting effect. We’re proud to be partnering with Woda Cooper to provide the services that we are confident will allow families to maintain long-term, sustainable housing.”