County board actions: Board approves initial design for regional medical examiner's facility

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The board voted Tuesday to approve the initial design for the regional medical examiner's facility, a feasibility study on a mental health housing option, a lease to operate a restaurant at the South Minneapolis Human Service Center and more.

Board approves initial design for regional medical examiner's facility

A new regional medical examiner’s facility is expected to open as early as 2021 in Minnetonka. The board approved the initial design and a contract to develop further plans for the facility.

Hennepin County will enter a $3.9 million contract with Leo A Daly Company to continue architectural and engineering services throughout the duration of the project. 

Feasibility study approved for mental health housing option

The board approved a study on potentially converting the Adult Corrections Facility Work Release building in Plymouth to secure mental health stabilization housing. This proposed facility is one way the county could help meet the complex health and human services needs of people with serious mental health conditions who are involved with the criminal justice system. Earlier this year, the board also accepted state grant funding for a mental health triage program in Downtown Minneapolis that would address immediate needs of people in crisis and direct them to long-term supports.

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Restaurant will rent space at South Minneapolis Human Service Center

Voting as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of July 10, the board approved a 15-year lease with Gandhi Mahal LCC for a restaurant in a currently vacant space at the South Minneapolis Human Service Center. The restaurant, named Eden, will be located on the first floor of the building near the Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue intersection.

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Five projects receive grants to clean up contaminated sites

The board awarded $560,257 to five development projects to assess and clean up contaminated sites where conditions present a threat to human health or the environment. Hennepin County awards Environmental Response Fund (ERF) grants bi-annually for projects where lack of funding and added environmental costs hinder site improvements or redevelopment.

The following projects will receive funding this grant cycle:

  • 36 Bryant, market-rate apartment complex in Minneapolis – $85,000 
  • 13250 Grove Drive Redevelopment, retail redevelopment in Maple Grove – $27,723
  • Calhoun Towers, market-rate and affordable apartments in Minneapolis – $249,480 
  • Southern Gateway Redevelopment, affordable, assisted living and market-rate apartments in St. Anthony Village – $44,400
  • West Broadway Curve, affordable and market-rate apartments and rental townhomes in Minneapolis – $153,654

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    Callison, Opat appointed to canvassing board

    The board appointed District 1 Commissioner Mike Opat and District 6 Commissioner Jan Callison to the canvassing board, which will review and release official results for the upcoming primary and general elections.

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    Fort Snelling polling location to change

    The board approved an action that will designate Mount Calvary Education Building in Richfield as the polling place for Fort Snelling residents during the primary and general elections. The county is seeking a partner to operate a polling location within Fort Snelling for future elections.

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    Board sets maximum levies for watersheds 

    The board approved plan amendments and/or maximum levies for the following watersheds: 

    Member appointed to workforce board

    The board appointed Emily Watts to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Board.

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    Board recognizes pretrial, probation and parole staff

    The board acknowledged Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Appreciation Week, an annual observance that takes place in July. This observance recognizes Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation staff who supervise more than 24,000 clients a year, aiming to reduce recidivism and improve lives.

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