4/25/2014 7:27:00 AM CF council likes hospital site redevelopment plans
by Ken Haggerty
The Cannon Falls city council raised no major concerns with a memorandum of understanding between Mayo Clinic Health System - Cannon Falls and the Cannon Falls Economic Development Authority for the redevelopment of the current hospital site on the west side once Mayo moves into its new facility on the south end of the city. That move is targeted to begin in early August.
The plan calls for the demolition of the current hospital and clinic in 2015.
Mayo owns three houses it uses for office space around the current facility. Those homes would be put on the market, probably this fall, to be turned back into residences. Proceeds from this sale would help pay for the demolition and redevelopment.
The current Mayo parking lot to the south of the existing clinic and hospital would be dedicated to the city for use as a neighborhood park.
Once the hospital and clinic buildings are demolished, the plan calls for up to six residential lots of about 63' width to be sold on that site. The final plan may only include five lots. This proposal includes the possible vacation of Floyd Street north of Mill Street to the alley. That vacation is still under discussion. Three of the new lots would be sold to the Cannon Falls Housing Initiative on an annual basis to be used for the Cannon Falls High School house building project run in cooperation with the Initiative. EDA Director Dave Maroney said the terms on those lots sales were "very workable."
Mayo could use proceeds from all but one of the lot sales to help fund the demolition and redevelopment. The proceeds from one of the lot sales would go to the city to help cover costs of upgrading the alley north of the current hospital.
Glenn Christian, on behalf of Mayo, said they thought this was the best plan for the community.
Council member LeRoy McCusker said he wanted to make sure the plan matches as much as possible existing homes in the neighborhood.