SCRED planning new office building

By Jon Tatting—

The St. Croix River Education District is planning to construct a 12,000 square foot office building for many of its 50-plus employees in downtown Rush City.

Estimated at $1.3 million, the facility will be built on the lots that housed the former SCRED and Creekside Pizza buildings. For this to happen, the city agreed to demolish the original SCRED building and sell the lot for a dollar to SCRED, while SCRED bought and demolished the pizza building.

SCRED looked to advertise for bids on March 19, start construction in May and move into their new office building by September or October, said City Administrator Amy Mell following the March 12 city council meeting.

This plan has been good news to the city, which did not want to lose SCRED as a good local business especially last year when serious mold problems in the original, now demolished SCRED building caused the business to move about 40 of its employees to a location in North Branch.

Even so, SCRED and its members decided to keep the offices in Rush City due to the city’s convenient, central location among the school districts served. Meanwhile, the city recently agreed to reimburse the organization $30,000 for moving costs and added incentive to stay in Rush City, said Mell.

Mell further pointed out that SCRED spent roughly $13,000 on food, alone, at local eating places and the bakery throughout the 2010-11 school year. And this doesn’t include individual employees, she explained of the organization’s impact on the economy.

And it appears the business will be around for a while, as evident through the 15-year commitment that each of the member districts signed recently.

In other news, the council:

• Learned the development agreement regarding Rush Creek Bluff First Addition (Dollar General) is still being revised by the developer.

• Approved a charitable gambling request by the Pine City Youth Hockey Association, which includes youth from Rush City, at the Rush City Tavern.

• Agreed to make property owner Bronson Erickson an offer in the amount of $15,000 for the vacant lot east of Hair Do or Dye.

* Discussed the old Lutheran church property, which is for sale on 5th Street. Councilors thought it would make a nice park area and opted to revisit the issue at a later time.

• Passed a resolution re-establishing voting precinct boundaries as the city limits and polling place as the Rush City Community Center, 720 W. 14th St., Rush City. The action was necessary because the state Legislature has been redistricted.

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