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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Hilltop Cottages Held Last Thursday

A group gathered up at the Hilltop Cottages behind the Pine City Civic Center last Thursday morning for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The City worked with Commonwealth Companies to provide 35 units of affordable housing.

"This property is the culmination of a ton of hard work," said Dan Kreotz, Senior Vice President of Development for Commonwealth Companies.

Construction for the project in 2020, and it endured issues created as a result of the pandemic.

During the Ceremony Pine County Economic Development Coordinator Lezlie Sauter said this was a much-needed project. Sauter cited the results of a house study that was done to help bring developers to Pine County. At that time, Pine City needed around 100 rental units, which they have now surpassed.

The project was funded in part through the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency's Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program.

Acting Mayor Steve Ovick called the project a win-win for everyone.

"It's been a long journey, and it's certainly well worth it. One of our local contractors did the primary construction on this site, so local jobs were created. It's a win-win for everybody."

While the ribbon-cutting was held last week, Hilltop Cottages began offering housing starting last fall.

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