A completed master reuse plan for the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center moved one step closer.
Consultant Mark Koegler, president of Hoisington Koegler Group, gave Crow Wing County commissioners an update Tuesday. The county board should get a final plan draft and requests for specific action in February.
Four concepts were developed for the state-owned 127 acre site. The state is a partner with the county in developing a reuse plan for the campus.
The plans considered bulldozing everything or retaining certain buildings and demolishing or mothballing others.
Options included keeping it largely intact with retention of health care services already onsite along with attracting new complementary services. Residential development was suggested for the properties on the northside with potential commercial uses identified along the property abutting Highway 18.
The veterans clinic has already expressed a desire to stay at the campus and expand. The reuse plan suggested housing for veterans needing treatment may be one option on the site. Other entities expressing an interest in campus property includes Mille Lacs Academy and Teen Challenge.
Koegler said a preferred alternative preserves existing buildings in better condition but recommends demolition of three buildings on the east side of the campus. Preferred alternatives have an anticipated cost of $12 million. It is estimated to cost $9 million to demolish everything.
The tunnel system and power plant first thought of as assets have turned out to be less attractive to potential tenants.
With the concepts in hand, the next steps include refining the plan and estimated costs as appraisals are completed. Funding would be sought from the 2008 Legislature.
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