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Activity center moves forward

The Rosemount City Council voted to advertise for bids on an addition to the Steeple Center that will serve as an activity center for the community.

The planned addition will provide spaces for a variety of programs and other community activities, said Dan Schultz, Rosemount Parks and Recreation Director. Specifically, the new activity center will serve as a gathering space for the Rosemount Area Seniors and be used by the Rosemount Area Arts Council to offer programs. It will also be open to other community groups.

The proposed 10,000 sq. ft. two-story building will feature cyber café, a 1,300 sq. ft. meeting room that can be divided, a kitchen, a conference room and storage space. Restrooms in the Steeple Center will be updated to better serve the two facilities.

The council has requested two separate bid packages. One would include finishing the second floor with two more classrooms, additional restrooms and storage and the other would build the second floor but not finish the features.

The activity center will link a planned, privately owned senior living facility and the Steeple Center. Community development director Kim Lindquist said the grading for Rosemount Senior Living Associates will begin later this month and both the city and the developer of the senior living facility hope to begin construction in September.

Rosemount Senior Living Associates plans to build a 90-unit senior housing project on the corner of 143rd Street West and South Robert Trail, on the former St. Joseph School site. The assisted living facility will include memory-care and long-term care units.

Schultz said the city hopes to get bids back in late August and may ask the council to conduct a special meeting to award the construction contract to facilitate that schedule.

Other business

In other business, Rosemount Area Arts Council President Jeanne Schwartz presented to the city council. Since the beginning of the year, the group has hosted 59 events, and served 4,923 patrons. Schwartz said 562 artists have shared their talents through arts council events.

Many of those events were held during RAAC’s weeklong arts festival, Art Blast. In June, RAAC recorded 912 volunteer hours, an all-time record for the organization.

RAAC continues to work on One Tile One Rosemount. Organizer John Loch said so far 1,100 people have signed tiles for a community mural. Loch said they are pleased with that.

“We’re really happy about it until we flip it over and realize we have 8,200 left to do,” said Loch.

Loch encouraged residents to attend signing events and contribute to the community art project.

Mayor Bill Droste thanked RAAC for all they do in the community.

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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