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Aeon’s latest renovation in the Twin Cities features rent-controlled senior housing

Aeon’s remodel of Parkview Villa included an exterior refresh.

Affordable apartment homes are in extremely high demand in Minnesota, based on a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

And that’s having a dramatic effect on senior citizens, who have become the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in Minnesota, according to a 2012 Wilder Foundation homelessness study.

Aeon, a longtime Minneapolis-based affordable housing developer, is working to change that.

U.S. Representative Keith Ellison celebrates Parkview Villa’s grand reopening with residents this past July.

Aeon recently spent seven months upgrading the once-city-owned Parkview Villa apartments in Columbia Heights, giving seniors — who meet certain income requirements — another option in the 55-and-older housing realm.

Aeon’s renovations of the 146-unit property included extensive exterior work, new community rooms, a coffee shop, a fitness room, a salon, an extended patio area, improvements to some of the kitchens, flooring and a new parking lot.

Parkview Villa is located in a bustling, active, bus-linked community right next to LaBelle Park, which includes a popular walking trail around LaBelle Pond.

This year, Aeon is celebrating 30 years of providing safe, stable, affordable housing to people in need.

Parkview Villa’s garden allows residents to grow their own fresh vegetables and flowers.

Parkview Villa

Where: 965 40th Ave. NE, Columbia Heights

Ages welcome: 55 and older

Number of units: 146 units include 1- and 2-bedroom options, ranging from 573 to 776 square feet.

Cost: Rent starts at $663 a month for a 1 bedrooms and $828 for a 2 bedroom. Residents must meet a minimum monthly income requirement of two times the monthly rent, and an estimated maximum annual income of 50 to 60 percent of the adjusted median annual income (based on household size).

Ownership: Aeon is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit developer, owner and manager of high-quality affordable apartments and townhomes in the Twin Cities.

Other facilities: Aeon has built or renovated more than 2,700 affordable apartments to provide homes to more than 4,500 people, including people with low to moderate incomes and formerly homeless folks. Notable projects include historic, once-vacant buildings such as the Crane Ordway in St. Paul and and Paige Hall in Minneapolis.

Amenities: Notable features of this pet-friendly, smoke-free facility include on-site management, on-site laundry and parking, a mobile food-shelf, mobile clinic visits, a resident advisory council, a salon, a coffee shop, a fitness room, a patio area and a gardening club.

Info: 612-333-9284 or aeonmn.org/properties

Do you know of a new or interesting senior housing facility in the Twin Cities that might make a good Housing Spotlight? Write Minnesota Good Age editor Sarah Jackson at [email protected] with the subject line HOUSING SPOTLIGHT.