RC Council views site plan for proposed assisted living facility

The Rush City Council on April 28 reviewed a site plan of a proposed assisted living facility that remains a work in progress.

In an update on the issue, City Administrator Amy Mell said the city received a tax increment financing application from Summit Senior Communities, LLC, and the paperwork has since been delivered to the city’s financial consultant, Ehlers, for review.

Councilors observed plans for a three-level assisted living facility, consisting of 42,622 square feet with 46 units, proposed to be constructed across from the Rush City Community Center.

At 16,061 square feet, the main floor would house the memory care part, comprising eight units — ranging in size from 463 to 594 square feet — with enough space to accommodate eight additional units when needed. A 1,516-square-foot commons area, kitchen, 1,132-square-foot dining room and a private dining and conference room are included on the floor, as well.

The second and third floor plans, each at 13,280 square feet, are projected to be occupied by independent and assisted living apartments — from 463 to 980 square feet, with single- to two-bedroom units.

Included on the second floor is a nursing director’s office, activity room, library and laundry room. The third floor would house fitness and community rooms, a salon and office space for an activity director.

City councilors said they continue to hear feedback from residents who are anticipating such a facility.

“A lot of people are asking,” Mayor Dan Dahlberg said.

Mell said the next step is to have a gap analysis done to see if the project is feasible. “It’s going to take time,” she noted.

Summit Senior Communities is an assisted living and memory care provider with numerous locations in Minnesota. It aims to provide supportive and health services, supervision and assistance to individuals in need of a supervised setting.

Slow down on 7

Councilors seemed on board with installing a blinking, lighted speed sign possibly near the church on County Road 7 to slow down speeding traffic and increase awareness of the 30 and 40 mph speed zones along the popular roadway.

Dahlberg said the sign should be placed in a location where it won’t disturb any residents who live nearby. Mell said she will contact local officials including Joe Triplett, Chisago County highway engineer, about placing such a sign. Another issue is cost, since the city did not previously budget for it.

This project or that project?

The council agreed to wait on pursuing a full appraisal of the costs associated with reconstructing the streets in the Brookside First Addition and Brookside Townhouse Addition by the golf course.

While the city recently spent $7,700 on a partial appraisal of the project, Mell reminded, expanding the scope to reflect the entire project would cost another $2,500 to $2,750. In light of paying for the project, she added, the city would have to bond for it.

Some councilors asked if the city would be better served by prioritizing a Fifth Street reconstruction project over finishing the Brookside streets.

In other news, the council:

• Increased work hours for intern Jamie Scheffer, who has been succeeding in her role as city planning and economic development assistant, from 15 hours to 20 hours a week this summer.

• Approved a supplemental agreement for mutual aid among the cities of Rush City, Harris and North Branch and townships of Sunrise and Amador.

• Discussed and agreed to revisit the issue of placing signs at certain locations around town, such as the four-way stop near the Grant House or in close proximity to Interstate 35, to help direct traffic to Old Highway 61. People ask about it, and they don’t know where it is, Dahlberg said.

Announcements

Rush City Garage Sale Day is May 10.

Rush City Cleanup Day is May 17 at the Public Works Garage.

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