Fort Snelling buildings to house homeless vets

  • Article by: Mark Brunswick , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 18, 2013 - 6:17 AM

From stables and tank garages to apartments and a new life: After decades of neglect, old buildings at Fort Snelling will be renovated into apartments for homeless veterans and their families.

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falcon1681Mar. 16, 1310:52 PM

Great plan, but it's often been stated that the single biggest obstacle to renovation/restoration of the old buildings was the cost of asbestos removal. Since the early nineties, it's been rumored that MAC was taking over the buildings for airport hotel construction, the historical society was going to renovate them for historical purposes, a private organization was going to take them over for orphanages, another was going to use them for homeless shelters, a private developer was going to redevelop the area for private use, the Air National Guard Museum was getting a parcel of the property for a new museum, and another was going to develop it for shops and restaurants based on historical themes. None of it ever happened. I hope this does because it's the perfect solution and at the rate those things are falling apart, unless something is done soon, we'll lose an important part of Minnesota history. What's left of it that is.

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propagandistMar. 16, 1311:02 PM

Great plan.

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DanielleKMar. 16, 1311:06 PM

Fantastic, simply fantastic! Hope and pray these plans to through!

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jjminblzrMar. 16, 1311:15 PM

I was a member of the 96th Troop Carrier Squadron during the Cuban Crisis, 1962. We used the area directly across from the "polo fields" as the motor pool. The buildings still stand. The sleeping quarters were not far away to the West, but have not been able to find them for years. Happy to see these buildings will be used.

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mellowmannerMar. 16, 1311:55 PM

The cost seems high for 58 units. Would parts of this renovation be a great project for Habitat for Humanity?

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falcon1681Mar. 16, 1311:56 PM

jjminblzr - I was a member of the 96th Troop Carrier Squadron during the Cuban Crisis, 1962. We used the area directly across from the "polo fields" as the motor pool. The buildings still stand. The sleeping quarters were not far away to the West, but have not been able to find them for years. ---------- One of the sleeping quarters buildings partially collapsed around 2002. A second one to the south of the first was considered uninhabitable because the second floor had caved in. The entire area west of the polo fields was fenced off to the public around 2006.

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neilgdMar. 17, 1312:48 AM

Glad to see these buildings preserved and put to a great use. My dad was in the 3rd Infantry Band at Fort Snelling in the 1930's and, after the war broke out, the 99th Infantry Batallion before they went overseas. I have some great photos of his days there and marching on the polo grounds.

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timandtiaMar. 17, 13 6:39 AM

What a great idea. Finally this area has been put back to good use!

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rms316Mar. 17, 13 7:34 AM

Finally a smart plan from our gov't. I hope they have taken care of the asbestos.

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haggnewsMar. 17, 13 7:35 AM

Awesome idea. the cost for 58 units is not unreasonable give the age and work to be done. Hopefully another 58 can be done afterwards. Nice to see a win win for a change. Really a cheap investment all things considered.

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