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UHD projects on track

By Staff | May 8, 2010

UHD board members were given a tour Tuesday of the new adolescent treatment center being built in Winnebago. The $4 million facility is expected to be completed in mid-July.

For the next several weeks you won’t be able to use the front entrance of United Hospital District in Blue Earth.

Starting today, signs will be posted directing visitors. The entrance is expected to be closed for about eight weeks.

Hospital administrator Jeff Lang told the UHD board on Tuesday that trucks will begin hauling material in and out of the front parking lot.

“We have to remove as much as seven feet of material in some locations and bring in many loads of sand,” says Lang. “That’s a sign of getting closer to opening the clinic building.”

Progress has been made the past six weeks because of good weather and Lang doesn’t think rain will be a factor anymore.

He says workers should finish the roof soon and underground plumbing also will be installed.

“It’s really starting to look like a building,” he adds.

Residents near the construction site are getting a chance to express any concerns they may have.

Lang says UHD maintenance manager Dave Classon is going door-to-door and talking with neighbors.

“He has addressed many issues. Dave can get things fixed in two hours. We’re hoping giving people Dave’s cell phone number will get things done right away,” he says.

The hospital board toured the new adolescent treatment center being built in Winnebago.

Project manager Curt Abel of United Builders in Blue Earth was on hand to answer any questions board members might have.

Lang says workers are still on target to get the facility completed by mid-July.

“That doesn’t mean we’ll start moving kids in. We’ll want to do some open houses first,” he says.

Board members got a glimpse at what the classrooms, gymnasium and housing units will look like.

The current treatment center may not stay vacant long once it is closed.

Lang says a business has expressed interest in buying the building, which was once the Winnebago Hospital. He says the business wants to remain anonymous at this time.

“We continue to explore the favorable use of that building … for a good viable business,” he says.