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Senior housing taking shape

The senior housing project the city has longed to get is starting to take shape. City administrator Dwight Johnson guessed that sometime in the next month or so the city council will consider a formal agreement with Doran Companies to construct and operate a senior living facility.

During a work session last week, the company brought in an architect who showed conceptual drawings of what the project might look like. The concept plan showed a 90-unit senior housing facility with the front facing Highway 3. Encapsulated into the facility was the public senior center.

The council talked about details such as whether the building should be one story or two and what the parking lot should look like, but without some type of agreements it's all talk.

Johnson said he feels both sides are at a point now to sit down and draft an agreement. Issues that will have to be addressed in the agreement include the cost of the land, the allocation of grants the city has received for the project, and the payment for the construction of the public senior center.

Also staff also expressed concerns about public spaces including the public senior center and a plaza and making sure the spaces are independently accessible.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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