City gets $120,000 grant to demolish former school
The city of Rosemount has been awarded $120,000 by the Dakota County Community Development Agency for demolition of the former St. Joseph School.
The city will demolish the building in anticipation of building a senior living facility along with a senior center on the property.
The city has commissioned a market study to see what the demand in the community is, said community development director Kim Lindquist. The results of the study could help attract a senior housing provider. The results should be presented to the council sometime in the next month or so.
Lindquist said the city council has talked several times about putting some sort of senior facilities on the property several and hopes to find a private company to partner with.
A countywide study done several years ago by Maxfield Research showed a need for senior housing in Dakota County, including Rosemount.
Lindquist added the city council wants the senior housing to include a health care component since Rosemount currently does not have any such provider in town.
The grant is a two-to-one match, so the city will have to front at least $240,000 for the project. Lindquist said because of the age of building there are some contamination concerns, so she did not know how much demolition of the school could cost. She said staff would work with engineers to come up with an estimate.
Rosemount was one of six Dakota County cities to receive a share of $1 million in Redevelopment Incentive Grants from the CDA. Burnsville got $250,000, Eagan $175,000, Hastings $145,000, Lilydale $135,000 and South St. Paul $175,000.
"Over the past five years the Dakota County CDA has provided nearly $5 million in financial assistance to projects and plans that revitalize communities, create and retain jobs, increase the tax base or provide affordable housing," said Mark Ulfers, CDA executive director. "Redevelopment is an important and growing need in the county as cities become fully developed.