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First phase of Nordic Star housing development nearly full

One of the first four homes in the Nordic Star housing development
One of the first four homes in the Nordic Star housing development

 One Roof Community Housing and the Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority have been working together for more than a year on housing projects here in Cook County.
One of the projects is the Nordic Star development in Grand Marais, which features four single-family homes in phase one (summer 2018) and four more single-family homes in phase two (fall 2018). The homes feature vaulted, chalet style ceilings, three bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and living room. The houses will be owner-occupied as a principal residence and cannot be used as vacation rental property.
According to EDA Executive Director Mary Somnis funding for Nordic Star was made possible through a number of  partnering organizations: City of Grand Marais, Cook County, Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority, Minnesota Housing, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, Minnesota Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation, One Roof Community Housing, and Odyssey Development.
The EDA and One Roof Housing are hosting an Open House to showcase the new homes in Grand Marais. The public is invited to gather at the corner of Nordic Star Drive and West Second Street on Tuesday, September 18, from noon to 3 p.m. There will be a brief program at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
“We are delighted to invite everyone who is interested to take a tour of these new homes,” said Mary Somnis, EDA Director. “Please come and see for yourself, the great asset that One Roof is bringing to Cook County with the Nordic Star project. Families will soon occupy the first four homes. Completion of the next four is expected before the end of the year. Join us in celebrating this milestone moment!”
Households interested in purchasing one of the homes should contact Jim Philbin at One Roof Community Housing in Duluth at 218-249-0083, or by email at

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence talked to Philbin about the homes, the criteria for purchasing and more in this interview.

Photo courtesy of One Roof Community Housing