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Continued: Anoka County sets one-year deadline on future of historic asylum buildings

  • Article by: SHANNON PRATHER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 9, 2014 - 6:03 PM

The state deeded the old hospital campus to Anoka County in December 2000, and the county uses several of the original buildings to house the workhouse, the homeless shelter and county social services offices. Even if the three buildings in question are razed, most of the original campus and its buildings will remain.

Schulte said he’s open to the city’s idea, but there are hurdles.

“Our biggest obstacle is expense,” said Schulte, pointing out that reroofing two of three buildings would cost more than $2 million.

Another hurdle, he said, is what the buildings would be used for after they’re redone.

According to state law, the buildings will need to have a government or public use, Schulte said. They cannot be sold to a private developer.

“It’s not simple or easy, but we think it’s worth putting some effort into it,” Cruikshank said.

Shannon Prather • 612-673-4804

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