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Trolley Station Terrace, a new development from community action agency Newcap, is providing needed housing–both affordable and market-rate—in the rural community of Marinette, Wisconsin, at the mouth of the Menominee River along Green Bay.

The city is home to approximately 11,000 residents, with Census data showing 18.3% of the population live below the poverty line. The need for housing only has increased as some of the larger employers have brought new jobs to the area.

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This includes Fincantieri Marinette Marine, a shipbuilding company that is anticipated to bring an additional 1,000 jobs to the city because of a contract with the Navy to build a Constellation-class frigate.

The 45-unit development, which was completed in November 2021, is helping meet the need by providing housing at 30%, 50%, 60%, and 100% of the area median income (AMI). In addition, nine units are set aside as supportive housing, targeting vets and those with disabilities.

“Marinette is a rural community, but it has a lot of growing businesses,” says Jaime Johnson, vice president of real estate and asset development at Newcap. “There’s such a housing need in Marinette. Any one of the AMI brackets that you serve, you are going to get tenants.”

Residents have access to a wealth of resources, including employment services, financial literacy programs, and assistance with benefits and/or entitlements. In addition, the pet-friendly community features a rooftop terrace, a fitness room, a dog-washing station, unit balconies or patios, and a park area.

The $10.2 million development was primarily funded by federal low-income housing tax credit equity.