Online Forum Highlights Potential for ‘Grandma’s Apartments’ – Post Bulletin

ROCHESTER — The options available for secondary suites, sometimes called granny flats, will be discussed in an online forum on Tuesday afternoon.

Age-friendly Olmsted County will host the program from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday using Zoom software, via the link at

Secondary suites have been discussed in recent years as potential options for meeting local housing needs, and Rochester’s proposed Unified Development Code makes the discussion timely.

Age-friendly Olmsted County is interested in units as an option for older adult homeowners, people who are downsizing and their caregivers. The majority of older people express a preference for staying at home as long as possible.

The goal of Tuesday’s forum is to better educate the public about accessory living units, particularly as they relate to seniors. It will also define what the proposed city code would allow and to what extent.

The forum will include expert presentations followed by discussion. The panelists are:

  • Jamie Stolpestad, founding partner of Yard Homes, a Minnesota-based ADU provider, and assistant professor of finance at New York University Stern School of Business.
  • Ryan Yetzer, assistant director of community development for Rochester.
  • Samar Jha, Senior Legislative Representative for AARP Government Affairs, formerly Director of Government and Public Affairs, Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors.

Dave Beal, Age-Friendly Olmsted County Coordinator at Family Service Rochester, will moderate the forum.