Key Strengths

  • The Rondo Community is a historically Black neighborhood that had thrived before construction of I-94.
  • Rondo Community Land Trust was Minnesota’s first land trust, with deep experience in creating and advocating for permanently affordable, sustainable housing for families and individuals with low to moderate incomes.
  • Rondo Community Land Trust launched a 9,300 sf mixed-use development creating affordable commercial space 100% occupied by BIPOC tenants.


Key Challenges

  • I-94 inflicted irreparable harm on residents and small business owners of the Rondo Community by physically divided the neighborhood and creating a generational wealth gap.
  • An estimated 700 homes and 300 businesses were lost due to the highway’s construction.
  • Much of the previous Black community that once resided in Rondo were forced to move outside of the Rondo area.


  • Rondo Community Land Trust (CLT) was founded in 1993 and its work is deeply rooted in advancing equity. RCLT provides opportunities for acknowledgement, revitalization, and reparation for underrepresented voices of the Saint Paul community and advocates, empowers, and invests in residents deeply affected by the physical division of Rondo Community.
  • Office of Mayor Melvin Carter.


Rondo Community Land Trust mixed use building