RC awaiting word for assisted living facility

Rush City is holding onto hope that an assisted living facility can still be built near the Rush City Community Center.

The City Council July 10 received another update on the issue from City Administrator Amy Mell, who recently talked with Pete Jesh of Summit Development about the Ebenezer company’s willingness to run the facility. Working with some partners, the company should know soon or by the end of the week, she noted.

Once Ebenezer makes a decision, Mell continued, the city could see if it wants to move forward with the project through discussion at a special meeting with the city council. One of the next steps would be working on a purchase agreement, she added.

Councilor Bob Oscarson said people including those with the senior dining program have been wondering about the assisted living proposal.

In May, Jesh informed the council that he would like to construct a 40-47 unit building to include independent living with services, assisted living and memory care units. A company called Viewpoint Consulting Group was contracted to conduct an initial assessment in figuring out the demand for additional senior housing in Rush City.

Meanwhile, the developer has provided draft plans for the facility, and a local committee toured two Minnesota facilities that are similar in size to what could end up being built in Rush City.

Much discussion on funding the project has taken place in recent months, too. Todd Hagen of Ehlers and Associates has addressed the council about options the city has to assist with funding and the risks related to those options. Also talked about have been bonding options, the possibility of HUD financing, possible county participation and assurances from the developer and investors.

More discussion and updates are expected in council meetings to come.

In other news, the council:

• Discussed the updated feasibility study on possibly finishing road and other improvements at Brookside 1st Addition and Brookside Townhomes, near the golf course. In June, city engineer Barry Peters said an assessment appraisal and public hearing would be needed if the council wants to move forward — due, in part, to the possibility of assessing the costs to benefitting property owners.

• Acknowledged a thank-you letter from the North Chisago Historical Society who appreciated the city for allowing it to store its artifacts in a room at the fire department building.

• Granted a road closure request on Eliot to clear the way for the Big Splash event at the Rush City pool.

Announcements:

The Chisago County Fair is July 18-21, with the county fair parade starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20.

Community Appreciation Night begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 at Rush City Park.

The Rush City Music and Arts Festival, along with the Rush City All School Reunion, is Aug. 16-17 at the Chisago County Fairgrounds and Rush City community.

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