NDR Updates

Posted on: October 4, 2017

NDR: It's been a busy year in Minot

On Sept. 21, 2016, the City of Minot entered into a grant agreement with HUD, awarding the city roughly $74 million as a part of a National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC). A lot has been accomplished in the past year.

On Sept. 21, 2016, the City of Minot entered into a grant agreement with HUD, awarding the city roughly $74 million as a part of a National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC).  A lot has happened in the past year.

This Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) was awarded to help Minot become a more resilient city. HUD approved the city’s scaled phase two NDRC application which included the following activities: Acquisition, Relocation Services, Demolition, Ecological Restoration guide book, Souris River Decision Support Tool, Multifamily Affordable Rental Housing, Single-family Affordable Housing, Downtown Public Gathering Space, Family Homeless Shelter, Affordable Housing Neighborhood Master Plan, Center for Technical Education, Minot Affordable Housing Supply and Demand Study, Benefit Cost Analysis and IMPLAN Economic Model, and City of Minot Administration. These activities are included in the four categories below:

  • Reduce Flood Risk and Improve Water Management
  • Acquisition 
  • The acquisitions that are taking place in Minot are for removing properties that are in the areas needed for flood control protection. A public meeting was held with property owners from each of the three sites being acquired.  Intake meetings, appraisals, and title searches have been conducted for many of the properties.  So far, the city has acquired 7 properties; 4 properties were purchased using 100% grant funds, and 3 properties were acquired using funds from the State Water Commission.
  • Budgeted: $10,400,000 
  • Spent: $1,300,000 


Relocation Services

  • For properties being acquired, relocation services are provided to eligible property owners in accordance with Universal Relocation Act (URA) regulations.  During the offer meeting, the relocation package is presented to eligible property owners.  The relocation package consists of comparable properties, moving options, and other eligible activities under URA. So far, the city has presented 26 relocation packages.
  • Budgeted: $7,200,000 
  • Spent: $353,000 

    Demolition 
  • In order to clear the way for flood control protection, the properties that are acquired must be demolished or moved. The City has demolished 6 properties funded with grant funds.
  • Budgeted: $2,400,000 
  • Spent: $32,000 

    Ecological Restoration Guide Book 
  • The city had decided to create an ecological restoration guidance manual that will cover activities from evaluation of parcels to the development of parcels for use as wildlife habitat areas, trail areas, habitat restoration areas, and areas where outdoor environmental education activities can take place. The money spent on this activity went toward researching the types and cost of “replanting” after demolition.
  • Budgeted: $358,000 
  • Spent: $1,2000


Souris River Decision Support Tool

  • To help with cost-effective decision making to ensure that Minot becomes more resilient, the city has developed a tool that will guide the decision-making process on what water management strategies will be best suited for the city of Minot and its river management system. Meetings were held with the Army Corps of Engineers and the tool was presented to the Corps, City Council and the Souris Basin Water Commission.  
  • Budgeted: $600,000 
  • Spent: $300,000 

Build Affordable Resilient Neighborhoods

Multifamily Affordable Rental Housing

  • When the City of Minot initially made its application to HUD, the market had no affordable homes in quality neighborhoods. Because of this, the city has been held to creating more affordable housing.  Several meetings have been held with the NDR Development and Financial Advisory Group.  The city has approved the renovation of the Park South building and construction has begun on this project. A Request for Proposal (RFP) was released for the renovation of another building to be used for affordable rental housing and the proposal is currently being reviewed. 
  • Budgeted: $21,000,000 
  • Spent: $200,000 

Single-Family Affordable Housing

  • Another project that will create more affordable housing is the single-family affordable housing program, by building quality affordable homes for Low and Moderate Income (LMI) households to purchase. The city has created an advisory group and continues to meet with them to ensure an engaged community perspective. Minot entered into a contract with EAPC to design a plan book for the homes and engaged participants in two design forums to gather design criteria from the potential home-owners.  An RFP for interested property owners who own vacant residential lots was approved by city council in September and is currently being advertised.
  • Budgeted: $12,800,000 
  • Spent: $135,000 

Downtown Gathering Space

  • The City of Minot wants to create a downtown gathering space that will serve as a dedication to the heroism of the people of Minot and will act as an economic boost to the community. The park aims to assist in creating a more vibrant and resilient downtown. Minot has conducted a block by block analysis of downtown using metrics that measure how each block meets the criteria described in the Phase 2 Application. Three or four potential sites have been identified and will be presented at the Committee of the Whole Meeting in October, along with the criteria used to identify those sites.
  • Budgeted: $6,000,000 
  • Spent: $45,000 


  • Family Homeless Shelter 
  • Another need that was identified for the City of Minot was the need for a family homeless shelter. There have been several meetings with the Family Homeless Shelter Vulnerable Population Group.  An analysis of the need for the shelter and number of units needed was completed.  An RFP is currently out for the development and long-term operation of the shelter.
  • Budgeted: $3,000,000 
  • Spent: $44,000 


  • Affordable Housing Neighborhood Master Plan
  • To assist in the creation of resilient neighborhoods, the city is creating an Affordable Housing Master Plan that will be used to evaluate the requirements necessary to acquire and develop resilient neighborhoods and develop well-designed, energy efficient affordable homes. There has been geographic information collected on potential sites and filters have been created to analyze those sites. The filters were ranked by the city in order to have a better idea of what land they are looking for to create a resilient neighborhood.
  • Budgeted: $300,000 
  • Spent: $61,000 


  • Foster Economic Resilience
  • Center for Technical Education
  • The city wants to create a Center for Technical Education to help foster economic resilience, and has been meeting with Minot Public Schools, MSU and the Dakota College of Bottineau to devise funding strategies and pick a location for the Center.  In addition, a survey was completed by local businesses and the Minot Airforce base to get their input on the training/education needs.
  • Budgeted: $1,500,000 
  • Spent: $24,000

 

Planning

  • Minot Affordable Housing Supply and Demand Study
  • The city has conducted a Minot Affordable Housing Supply and Demand Study to help the city be responsive to the dramatic changes in the Minot housing market. This study looked at the current vacancies and availability of affordable housing within the City of Minot and assisted with the decision of how much housing will be provided by the NDR program. Data was collected and surveys performed to create the Minot Housing Supply and Demand Analysis, along with a 4-page brochure summarizing the findings. The analysis and 4-page brochure were presented to the planning commission and city council.
  • Budgeted: $300,000 
  • Spent: $300,000 

Benefit Cost Analysis and IMPLAN Economic Model

  • The Benefit Cost Analysis and IMPLAN Economic Model is another tool that was created to conduct a cost benefit analysis for decision making models on the management of reservoirs. The model has been presented to council, and show significant benefit with coordination between the Lake Darling Reservoir and three other Canadian Reservoirs.
  • Budgeted: $100,000 
  • Spent: $100,000

City of Minot Administration.

  • The City has allocated $3.8 million in administrative costs for the administration of the NDR program over the course of the next five years
  • Budgeted: $3,800,000
  • $307,000

Summary

There were 13 awardees that were granted CDBG money through the National Disaster Resilience Competition, and Minot is ahead of the rest of the grantees in terms of performing its agreed upon activities. To date, the city has spent $3.2 million of the CDBG-NDR funds, bringing the remainder of funds to approximately $71 million, which have an expenditure deadline of Sept. 30, 2022.

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