Affordable Housing – Hideaway Station

The Goal The Town of Winter Park undertook a housing needs assessment to better understand the housing challenges the community faced. Home to Winter Park Ski Resort, the Town discovered 78% of its employees were coming from outside Town boundaries. The study also uncovered there were no vacant attainable housing units and turnover of those […]

Recreation Center Project

The Goal The City of Marinette was ready to begin construction on their Recreation Center Project after a decade of planning. The new facility was planned to attract and host concerts, trade shows and smaller gatherings as well as support multiple sporting activities by having an indoor track, gym sections and an ice hockey rink. […]

New K-12 School District Building

The Goal The Rushford-Peterson School District, located in the southeast corner of the state, serves 700 students in a Greater Minnesota community consisting of 70% agricultural property. The District had two schools and recognized their significant needs for facilities maintenance, upgrades and additions in 2000. Their diminished tax base and limited state financial assistance for […]

Utility Infrastructure Financing & TID Creation

The Goal Foxconn Technology Group is constructing an advanced display manufacturing campus comprised of multiple buildings to produce liquid crystal display (LCD) panels for a variety of industries. The Village of Mount Pleasant was chosen in 2017 as the site for these facilities. To aid the new manufacturing campus, the Village needed to extend utilities […]

Financing Electric Service Area Expansion

The Goal In 2017, the Village of Slinger struck an agreement with the Wisconsin Electric Power Company to transfer service area territory to the Village of Slinger by the power company that was previously served. The Slinger Electric Utility needed to issue debt to successfully fund the transfer. The Solution Village officials engaged Ehlers to […]

Granary Redevelopment Project

The Goal The Village of Union Grove sought to redevelop a vacated, three-acre site adjacent to downtown. The property was previously used as a mill and became environmentally contaminated. The Village’s redevelopment initiatives included providing market rate rental housing to meet demands and generate foot traffic downtown, create additional retail spaces on downtown main street […]

Arrabelle Luxury Apartments

The Goal In 2015 the City of Cedarburg, Wisconsin sought to encourage redevelopment of a key historic downtown site following the closure of the St. Borgia Catholic School. The Solution City officials engaged Ehlers for economic redevelopment services. Cedarburg desired development given the prominence of St. Borgia’s site in the downtown area. Architectural design requirements […]

Clean Water Fund Loan Financing & Sewer Rate Study

The Goal In 2018, the Village of Oostburg welcomed a new company, Masters Gallery Foods, which would not only be a noteworthy addition to the sewer system, but potentially provide significant increment within a Tax Increment District (TID). The Village was also planning a significant upgrade to its Wastewater Treatment facility, addressing treatment needs and […]

Target Center Construction Financing

The Goal In 2016, Minneapolis established an agreement with stakeholders for the refurbishment of Target Center. The City’s participation in the project had been established at $74 million, which was intended to be debt financed and repaid from various funding/revenue sources. To provide flexibility and reduce the amount of any capitalized interest, it was determined […]

Transit-Oriented Development Funding Recommendations

The Goal Hennepin County established a funding program to advance transit-oriented development (TOD) projects that demonstrated a financial gap and an ability to proceed with funding support.  The Solution Hennepin County selected Ehlers to analyze and underwrite funding applications to best allocate scarce public resources. Ehlers’ economic development team is highly experienced with analyzing due […]