How Commercial Land Trusts Work

Welcome to
Minnesota’s First Commercial Land Trust

In 2019, Rondo Community Land Trust became the first commercial land trust in the state with the opening of Selby Milton Victoria (SMV), a mixed-use development featuring affordable senior housing and 9,300 sq. ft. of commercial space.

How It Works

Thriving Local Businesses

By adapting the residential land trust model (see how it works) for commercial use, Rondo CLT leverages public and private affordability investments to drive down costs for both commercial and residential tenants/owners. As an example, commercial rent at our Selby Milton Victoria Project sits at $7 per square foot, far below market rate.

Your business in your neighborhood.

Advantages of a Commercial Land Trust

Safeguarding affordability and preserving neighborhood culture while promoting entrepreneurship and local economic stability.


Preserve affordability for small businesses operated by people of color and non-profits in gentrifying areas at risk of displacement from rising rents.


Serve as a strategy to retain local businesses and organizations that represent and foster the unique cultural character of a neighborhood.


Help stabilize the local economy by providing affordable commercial spaces that support small businesses, create jobs, and foster entrepreneurship.


Provide education and resources to business owners seeking to expand their reach by establishing a physical presence.