The new 94 unit transitional Senior Housing project across from the Northfield Hospital broke ground on Wednesday! Benedictine Health Systems, who will operate the facility, asked St. Dominic’s Father Dempsey and an array of people to bless the land. Mayor Pownell, City staff, Hospital staff and Board, along with folks from Yanik Company and St. Olaf were on hand to participate in the ceremony. BHS President and CEO Jerry Carley said that this is Phase 1 of the
project, which can stand alone, but a potential Phase two with 70 units is on paper. Carley said it will be about 16 months before completion of the facility. They’ve started taking reservations for the units. Director of Marketing, Dena Boheim, said they’re scouting a sales office in Northfield. You can go to blcnorthfield.org right now. I have a link from kymnradio.net. You have a chance to personalize your unit as a first in. Dempsey, Carley, Mayor Pownell and other dignitaries, used a Norway pine branch to sprinkle water on the land, they then grabbed shovels and hard hats and broke ground. Everyone was invited to sprinkle water on the ground, including Carol, who bought the first unit. have pictures on kymnradio.net at noon. The project is estimated to bring in $314,000 a year in property taxes said Administrator Ben Martig.
Register your “Night to Unite” party!
Night to Unite is August 7th and you have JUST enough time to register your party. Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson said it’s a time for neighbors to get together and for Emergency Services to come to the parties, share information and more. Police will share info with neighborhoods regarding home safety, etc. He said it’s really designed to get to know your neighbors. You can register online at ci.northfield.mn.us or in person at the police station. Get your registration in by this Friday and get a Night to Unite bag with some special items that will be delivered to your home before the party. Those items include public education information, blow up beach balls, paper plates, etc. Healthy Community Initiative puts the bags together! You can also list who you’d like to see, fire, police, ambulance, councilors, Mayor, etc. Last year there were almost 40 parties, this year they’re on par. The parties are whatever you choose, maybe games, some with food to share, some offer dessert. It’s up to you.
SL starts Friday on I-35
The single lane traffic starts Friday for motorists on Interstate 35 near Faribault. Crews will begin 4 miles of southbound concrete paving work. Southbound traffic will cross over to the northbound lanes. Significant traffic delays are expected especially on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. The work will take place between Rice County Road 9 and Highway 21. Additionally, crews will repave the Highway 21 exit ramp, extend the deceleration lane off southbound I-35 to Highway 21 and repair culverts along I-35. The $8 million project is expected to last till fall of 2018.