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Summer Meadows

At the June 26, 2023, meeting, the Alexandria City Council approved a request from Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County for a planned unit development on existing vacant property located near Scenic Heights Road in northeast Alexandria, called Summer Meadows.

Summer Meadows will be the largest development in Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County’s history!  Located in a highly desirable neighborhood in Alexandria, the development will allow 42 homes to be built over the next 10 years, with four to five homes built each year. This will be the first affordable housing development in Alexandria since 2002, serving homeowners earning 80% or below of the area median income for Douglas County.

Infrastructure – water, sewer, and roadway – will be installed beginning in the spring of 2024.  Above-ground construction will start in the fall of 2024.  Sidewalks will exist on both sides of the street with trees to enhance the interconnectedness of neighborhoods allowing easy access to bike trails and a buffer of native plantings. One side of the property is located next to an existing park.

The homes of Summer Meadows will feature two-, three-, and four-bedroom homes ranging in size from 1,000 to 1,400 square feet utilizing five different house plans that include two-stall garages. Homes will be built slab-on-grade with in-floor heat to optimize energy efficiency and upgraded exteriors with stone veneer and porches.

In support of this project, the Alexandria City Council approved TIF financing for 26 years at the November 13, 2023, meeting.  “We’re thrilled the city has chosen to support our efforts to create affordable homeownership opportunities through this development,” stated Lori Anderson, Habitat’s Executive Director.    

Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County is a non-profit organization that empowers people to build a better future for themselves and their families by purchasing their homes with an affordable mortgage and completing 200 hours of sweat equity to prepare them for homeownership.   Habitat has a proven track record for helping people achieve strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter in Douglas County. 

Habitat is built on the vision that everyone deserves a decent place to live. Homeownership is directly linked to healthier lives, continuing education, a viable workforce, and generational wealth. A family that has this fundamental core in place becomes a stronger, more effective force for positive change in their own lives and in their community. We celebrate the hundreds of adults and children already in improved housing because of Habitat.  Still, there are hundreds more in our community without adequate housing.

Like our future homeowners, Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County is dreaming big and courageously broadening our horizons in pursuit of finding ways to serve more people. Homeownership is a life-changing opportunity, and it's impossible without you: a community that believes we can do better. For more information on how you can support Habitat, please contact Lori at 320-762-4255.

More information about this development will be added to this page in the future.



A few examples of Habitat homes:

  • Habitat Office
    Habitat Office

    1211 N Nokomis NE
    Alexandria, MN 56308

    Office Hours:
    8 am - 5 pm

  • ReStore

    1211 N Nokomis NE
    Alexandria, MN 56308

    Store Hours:
    9 am - 5 pm

    Donation Hours:
    Call 320-759-1989
    to schedule