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District will build new ABE/ECFE building

The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District is making plans for its first new building since Eastview High School opened in 1997.

The district approved a construction management contract Monday night with Brossart Corp. for the construction of a 52,000-square-foot building that will replace two rented spaces that currently house the district's adult basic education, early childhood family education and early childhood special education programs. With the leases on those buildings running out soon, the district started looking earlier this year at those programs' space needs.

Finance director Jeff Solomon said the programs have grown and changed in the nearly 20 years the district has been in the rented spaces, and the buildings have not changed with them.

"Those buildings are not sized appropriately for the programming we're offering," Solomon said.

As he looked at other options, Solomon found no rental space that met the district's size and location needs. He also found the district could build a new facility for the programs for roughly the same amount it currently pays to rent the two spaces. There should be no impact on taxpayers from the construction of the new building.

The new building is expected to cost a maximum of $15.3 million. The district will pay Brossart $344,100 for basic construction management services plus an hourly rate for additional services.

The new building will be located on district-owned land just across the parking lot from Dakota Ridge School. Solomon expects it to be ready for the new programs by late fall or early winter of 2014.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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