A plan for 30 units of supportive housing received a green light Monday afternoon.

The Rochester City Council unanimously supported a permit based on the project’s preliminary plan, which calls for the development of a housing complex with 30 one-bedroom apartments for people facing homelessness with mental health concerns.

“This is a very hard-to-house population,” council member Michael Wojcik said, commending Olmsted County officials for initiating the plan. “This is going to strike directly at what we see as unsheltered homeless in the community.”

The proposed housing is planned on a portion of 3.3 acres the county owns near the intersection of Mayowood Road Southwest and Restoration Road. The portion of the property being used for the new housing project will eventually be sold to Duluth-based Center City Housing, which will build and operate the complex.

The county is scheduled to begin preliminary site work this year, with Center City purchasing it after a committed $8 million investment is cleared later this year with Minnesota Housing, the state’s housing finance agency.

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In addition to housing for people facing homelessness, a second phase of the housing effort is being planned, which is anticipated to serve a senior population with 36 apartments.

A timeline for the proposed second building has not been finalized.

The county will maintain ownership of the portion of the property planned for a second phase, which currently holds a house used for county Child and Family Services programs serving single mothers and families with young children.