Ramsey looking at options for old city hall

The city of Ramsey is looking at a couple of options for the old city hall site and wants public feedback on them.

The public is invited to an open house Thursday, April 18, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Ramsey City Hall, 7550 Sunwood Drive.

According to a letter sent to neighbors surrounding the old city hall site at 15153 Nowthen Blvd., the city is looking at selling the property for a housing development or a data center development.

City hall operations were moved to the new site in The COR in 2006 and Fire Station 2 remained at the old location, said Patrick Brama, assistant to the city administrator.

The city is planning to build a smaller fire station on 2.34 acres at 5650 Alpine Drive and the 20.5-acre city hall site is no longer needed by the city, he said.

If the property were sold for a housing development, there would be room for approximately 47 single-family homes, according to Brama.

The city is also considering the site for a data center with either a maximum building of 250,000 square feet or two 100,000 square-foot buildings, he said.

A data center would be a low traffic, quiet industrial user with between 30 and 80 employees, Brama said.

The old two-level city hall building has a 11,200 square-foot footprint and the old two-level police station has a 5,000 square-foot footprint.

For more information or to make a comment on the city’s plans, contact Brama at pbrama@ci.ramsey.mn.us or call 763-433-9903

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com

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