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Poll: Does Richfield Need More Senior Housing?

A recent housing study draft recommends the city create more senior housing of all types.

Over the last decade or so, the majority of Richfield housing projects have added significantly to the senior housing stock.

However, a recent housing study—commissioned by the Richfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority—revealed the city could use more housing options of all kinds (rental, owner-occupied, affordable and market-rate homes) for seniors.

Using a variety of data sources—including City of Richfield, Hennepin County Tax Acessor, apartment websites and fieldwork—Stanec Inc., a local consultant agency, found there are a substantial amount of older households remaining in single-family homes who either can't afford to make a transition into market-rate senior housing or there aren't units available. The housing study draft showed Richfield's senior housing stock accounts for about 12 percent of all housing in the city.

Currently, multiple housing projects such as , and, eventually, the redevelopment would offer more rental options. However, none are specifically geared toward seniors.

Do you think Richfield needs to consider more senior options as it moves forward with redevelopment projects? Take our poll below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Richfield Patch is also working on other stories surrounding the housing study. The study is still in draft form and after some city input, more information will be added and represented in the near future.

Marc April 19, 2012 at 10:47 PM
So what benefits to the city does more senior housing add?mi think most people disagree because Richfield is SMALL, and the main drag/strip of our city is all high rise senior housing. Not to mention you visit the hub or rainbow during a week day and it can sometimes feel like we live in a town meant for seniors. Nothing against them, just my perspective.
Marc April 19, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I would also note that all the senior areas that surround our city have a major impact on our businesses as well. So it's not just Richfield residents, probably what skews my views a little. But I will say growing up in the burbs, Richfield was always known as the city for senior citizens. No idea why.
Richfield Commoners United April 20, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Well some would say Richfield City Tag name is this "GODS WAITING ROOM'
Tom L. April 20, 2012 at 02:15 PM
...if the option is to have vacant building (i.e. Lyndale Garden Center) I'm all for it, any form of modernization of Richfield I feel is welcome. I honestly don't feel the 1940's style homes will ever attrack young families anymore, they're too small, families start out small then move to the burbs. I've lived in Richfield for 20 years, and with the loss of the "old timers" on our street it's single people who are buying the homes and living here now, and when a married couple moves in, after 1 or two kids, they're history. So until we start removing some of the smaller 2 bedroom homes, I think the idea of attracting families will be a difficult one.
Richfield Commoners United June 01, 2012 at 02:34 PM
So now we need to ask if TIF sheds some tax dollars to the school system. In all Ron Clark will only pay $3900. per year in taxes on the land for 30 years, what will the school get in cash for the next 30 years? The next question that should be asked is this, Kennisington Place on 76th and Lyndale was given $500K in up front TIF but now the courts have decided that Richfield was a second mortgage and we not getting one cent back ? How much did the school system loose on that one? Ron Clark is the only one walking away with the cash in hand!

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