Pioneer Homes Senior Apartments

Hazen, North Dakota

Hazen Community Development worked with JLG to bring new life to a prominent and long-dormant corner of their city. In 2015, Hazen was experiencing a critical housing shortage that put the elderly population at risk. The team identified a site at the edge of downtown that was once home to the original Hazen Memorial Hospital built in 1946. When a new medical center was built in 1970, the building was remodeled for extended care. The building later served as a retirement home but was eventually abandoned and sat empty for a generation. The former hospital location was ideal for a new, age-restricted apartment building, giving Hazen seniors safe, stable housing in a volatile market. In 2017, the expanded facility was rechristened as Pioneer Homes Apartments, offering seniors 18 beautiful dwellings that help reactivate the neighborhood. The existing foundations were reused, which saved a great deal of concrete. The room layouts feature oversized windows to provide ample daylight and fresh air.

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"Through the development of Hazen Pioneer Apartments, we are addressing three community goals - improvement of our Main Street, retention of our senior population, and more housing options for the workforce."
– Buster Langowski, Hazen Community Development Executive Director