The Le Sueur Economic Development Authority (EDA) believes the city needs to attract more people who’ll live in town rather than just work there.
The EDA and city council recently agreed to a joint venture with the Minnesota Housing Partnership. The organization can help the city with research and grant applications for housing development and redevelopment. The city and MHP will work on potentially improving rental housing, redeveloping the downtown mall, assisting employers, along with new and existing housing developments.
The EDA believes a key to attracting new residents is the quality of Le Sueur’s city and community amenities, like the community center, hospital and schools, the Le Sueur News-Herald recently reported.
Mayor Bob Broder believes the city needs to market itself, just like businesses do. The U.S. Census Bureau listed Le Sueur’s population at 3,965 in 2000. It grew to 4,021 residents in 2010.
By comparison, Belle Plaine has enjoyed more growth. The Census Bureau estimated the city’s population at 6,671 in the summer of 2010. It estimated Belle Plaine’s population at 6,809 in the summer of 2012.
Le Sueur is seeing area communities begin to grow and wants to grow, too. Belle Plaine has issued 15 building permits in 2015. Lots in the city are selling for $29,000 to $80,000. Henderson has issued 13 building permits from 2014 to the present.
Lots in the city are selling for as low as $1,000. Jordan has issued a dozen building permits in 2015 and New Prague 15. St. Peter has issued 10 permits and Montgomery six.
The Le Sueur City Council and EDA will continue discussing potential marketing efforts and other information impacting residential housing growth during upcoming meetings.