Senior housing milestone recognized in Farmington

Event draws crowd

Residents of Vermillion River Crossing received an impressive welcome home during an Oct. 9 building dedication.

Celebrating Farmington’s first county-built affordable senior housing complex were local officials, including speakers Farmington Mayor Todd Larson and Dakota County commissioners Joe Harris and Tom Egan, chair of the Dakota County Community Development Agency, project developer.

Farmington Mayor Todd Larson addressed a crowd gathered Oct. 9 to celebrate the city’s first senior affordable housing complex built by the Dakota County Community Development Agency. Many local leaders were in attendance, including Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows, Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste, Dakota County Commissioners Joe Harris, Tom Egan and County Board Chair Nancy Schouweiler. City Administrator Dave McKnight and several other city employees also attended.

Addressing the crowd that included residents and their families, Egan said Dakota County leads the nation in providing affordable housing for seniors with 1,500 units built and more planned.

Harris called it a “great day,” noting that the 66-unit building will probably not be the last CDA senior housing project in Farmington.

Larson said the project took years of effort and collaboration with the CDA to achieve.

“This building has taught me that when the Dakota County CDA builds something, they do it right, because it’s filled up almost instantly,” Larson said.

There are five units left to fill in Vermillion River Crossing, and the CDA is working through remaining applicants to fill them, said CDA spokesperson Sara Swenson.

“We have a waiting list for the building,” she said.

Harris said filling the county’s senior housing buildings have not been a problem, a trend he expects will continue because by 2025 Dakota County’s senior population is expected for the first time to outnumber its population of school children.

Many other local officials were at the event, including County Board Chair Nancy Schouweiler, Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste, City Administrator Dave McKnight, Sheriff Dave Bellows, CDA Executive Director Mark Ulfers and Farmington City Council Member Terry Donnelly.

The complex includes one- and two-bedroom fixed-rate units that cost $566 and $691 per month, respectively. There are also six market-rate two-bedroom units in the complex that cost $900 per month.

Complex features include heated underground parking, a community room with a kitchen and emergency call systems.

“We’re very excited to have this building here,” Larson said.

Swenson said seniors ages 55 and older are still encouraged to apply by calling (651) 675-4440.