Board OKs $1.65M for 109 acres to accommodate security middle, probably housing and business | Information

A primary take a look at drawings for a brand new Rice County Public Security Middle continues to be weeks away, however the deliberate middle now has a house on Faribault’s north aspect.

The Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 14 agreed to pay $1.65 million for 109.2 acres off Hwy. 3, Faribault Meals’ former spray fields. The vote was unanimous.

A portion of the cash will come from the protection middle building price range. The rest, County Administrator Sara Folsted stated, will come from federal American Rescue Plan funds, and the county’s housing and financial growth budgets. In line with Rice County information, the land is valued at $690,000.

The county by no means deliberate to make use of all of the property for the protection middle, which is able to embrace a brand new jail and sheriff’s division workplaces. Some is predicted to change into an extension of East View Drive, which might run from Bluestem Court docket on the east aspect of Faribault, to thirtieth Road NW and Hwy. 3, the place town plans to construct a roundabout in 2023 and a one block part of East View Drive.

The proposed street, a much-needed east/west hall on the north aspect of town, has been mentioned by the Faribault Metropolis Council.

There has additionally been dialogue about utilizing a portion for inexperienced area, enterprise and business, and for housing.

“We’ll have the ability to accomplish a number of tasks withe a single land buy,” Folsted stated.

Commissioners this spring agreed to assemble a Public Security Middle at a price of $49.2 million.

When full, the protection middle will exchange the present Legislation Enforcement Middle and major jail, each on Third Road NW in Faribault, and the jail annex on Hwy. 60. The brand new facility was accepted after months of debate by a county board-appointed process power assembled following the state Division of Corrections’ announcement it was limiting the size of time inmates could possibly be held on the major jail to 90 days. The primary jail is used for prisoners with a better safety threat and people with particular wants.

The annex, which wants utility work, isn’t structured to accommodate high-risk/excessive wants inmates.

The fee to renovate the Third Road facility was estimated at about $44 million, pushing the board to construct new.

The county is working with an architectural agency to develop plans for the brand new security middle and can see plans this fall, stated Amenities and Grounds Director Matt Verdick. Bids are anticipated to be let in early 2022 with groundbreaking anticipated subsequent spring.

A county process power is engaged on plans for the legislation enforcement middle, which can be vacated when building of the Public Security Middle is full. It’s additionally different constructions on the block to find out how finest to make the most of them. At the least one, the previous Faribault Woolen Mill retailer, is in poor situation and is predicted to be demolished.

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