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June 19, 2019

6/6/2019 3:28:00 PM
Hazelden campus to demo old units, build new

Several years ago Hazelden-Betty Ford,  in rural Center City,  adopted a long term plan to replace or renovate all six of its men’s treatment units. The addiction treatment and recovery services organization replaced the “Silkworth” and “Tiebout” units in 2014, with the construction of a new two-story building, succeeding the one-story capacities of the older duo.  

Prior to that, in 2012 the “Shoemaker” unit was renovated.

This summer there will be a multi-million dollar new building project to replace the single-story “Cronin” and “Promises” units.  

“Cronin” will be demolished about the same time ground is broken,  tentatively slated in August 2019.  A Hazelden Betty Ford spokesperson said the new project will take about 14 months to complete.
The “Promises” unit will come down when this new residential structure is completed, according to Jeremiah Gardner, Communications and Public Affairs for Hazelden-Betty Ford.  

The new two-story structure is a “mirror image” to the 2014 building and will be adjacent to it, also with a view of South Center Lake.
The original “Jellinek” unit becomes the remaining vintage structure.

Hazelden marks its 70th anniversary this year. Surroundings for treatment services are constantly being upgraded and modernized to be able to handle the demand and the evolution of addiction treatment and recovery programs, Gardner commented.

There’s been no public hearings for Hazelden projects because the land use permit is grandfathered in under the terms when it was created. An administrative staff person with Chisago County Environmental Services explained that the “special use” permit granted decades ago, has seen minor updates but basically acknowledges that the organization will need to do capital projects, and grants permission to provide for its mission however it feels is appropriate.  Hazelden’s sanitary sewer district is self-contained (hooks-up to the Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment network) and the property has its own water supply, so the usual outside impact from growth on the property is not the concern it is elsewhere.  

Gardner went on to say there is a new Children’s Program, geared to ages 7-12, that will also benefit from future installation of a playground.  Families whose lives are touched by addiction now can access programming specifically for children in those families and the play area is on the work schedule for spring 2021.

Hazelden-Betty Ford has  finished, or is in the process of,  renovations and remodelling work at its other campus locations too.  The Center City Council, on Tuesday night this week approved a request presented by Hazelden bond counsel to re-finance existing conduit bonds that the city authorized eight years ago.  This specifically helped fund improvements to the Plymouth, MN campus.  A conduit bond uses the tax exempt status of the issuing municipality,  but the bond debt is not the obligation of that city’s taxpayers.  Center City partnered with Hazelden-Betty Ford on the $18 million issuance as a good neighbor, helping make projects more financially feasible.


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