by Amanda Schwarze
North Memorial Clinic officials are looking into opening a branch in Maple Plain.
Maple Plain Mayor Roger Hackbarth announced Jan. 14 that North Memorial officials are investigating whether to open a clinic in the downtown redevelopment area. He said that he met with the representatives Jan. 7 and they expressed interest in setting up shop in the city. The meeting went well, Hackbarth said, but the decision will come down to demographics and whether clinic officials think enough patients would visit a Maple Plain branch.
“It was very productive,” Hackbarth said of the meeting. “They’re very excited about the site.”
Hackbarth said that a North Memorial official even called the site perfect. Clinic officials are expected to get back to Hackbarth in a couple of weeks with their decision.
Maple Plain City Administrator Jason Ziemer said that initial discussions with North Memorial representatives began about five years ago when city officials asked them to consider moving into the town. The downtown redevelopment plans helped spike their interest in the last couple of years, he said.
The redevelopment efforts received a boost in November when the Metropolitan Council approved a Maple Plain grant application. City officials had twice before unsuccessfully tried for the grant funds before the Met Council approved their third application Nov. 14.
The city will receive $895,766. The grant funds will go toward acquiring the Olson’s Market site, demolishing that building and reconstructing Maple Avenue and a portion of Main Street. Larry Palm, downtown developer, will also put $150,000 toward purchasing Olson’s Market and the city will chip in $100,000. City officials have a purchase agreement on the property, which sets the price at $525,000.
Plans for the redevelopment project in downtown call for more than 20,000 square feet in commercial and office space that would be housed in new buildings on properties that include the current Olson’s Market and Maple Plain City Hall sites. All of the parcels included in the plans except for the Olson’s Market property are owned by the city.
North Memorial operates 12 primary care clinics in the metro area. They are located in Blaine, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Elk River, Golden Valley, Maple Grove – Arbor Lakes building, Maple Grove – near Maple Grove hospital, Minneapolis – Camden neighborhood, Minneapolis – Northeast, Minnetonka, Plymouth and St. Anthony.
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