Jean Pieri

Twin Cities's Bob Shaw takes a look at a 1.5-acre corner of St. Paul, Minn., that may soon host a community of 36 tiny homes.

Developed by Alchemy Architects, home builder Robert Engstrom Co., the Metropolitan Council, and the East Side Neighborhood Development Co., the group hopes to win approval and the necessary zoning code changes. Built out of wood and drywall, the units will range between 300 to 1,200 square feet and cost $100,000 to $150,000.

There are no garages planned. Some parking will be available, but not much. “It is going to be a transformation in how transportation and real estate relate to each other,” Nord said. The micro-homes’ production of greenhouses gases, from consuming electricity and natural gas, will be about 7% of that of an average American house, according to the nonprofit Recycle Nation.

Read more >