Anoka HRA to focus on South Central Business District

Redevelopment in the South Central Business District will be the top priority for Anoka’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority this year.

The Goodrich Pharmacy and RiverWay Clinic buildings at Second Avenue and Monroe Street have been demolished, making way for redevelopment. Photo by Mandy Moran Froemming

The Goodrich Pharmacy and RiverWay Clinic buildings at Second Avenue and Monroe Street have been demolished, making way for redevelopment. Photo by Mandy Moran Froemming

“We’re a major landowner in that area, and it is very important to the HRA right now,” Housing Manager Darin Berger said.

Last month the old RiverWay Clinic Goodrich Pharmacy buildings were demolished. Some cleanup is still underway at the site, located at the corner of Second Avenue and Monroe Street.

Demolition costs for the RiverWay and Goodrich buildings were $115,000, according to Berger.

This site is key in ongoing discussions on how to revitalize the area near the Sandburg Education Center.

“We’re really hoping to get some kind of a senior housing development there,” Berger said of the old clinic and pharmacy site.

The HRA owns a few parcels in that area, including 210 Monroe Street where the historic home now owned by Erik and Amanda Skogquist will be moved down the street later this spring.

The HRA will retain the land for redevelopment. A group of stakeholders, including city staff and representatives from boards and commissions, Anoka-Hennepin School District staff and members of the nearby residential and business communities, met for more than a year as part of the planning process for the redevelopment of this area.

Much of this discussion focused on the possible construction of a parking ramp that would serve both the school district and visitors to the downtown. Details on funding and ramp design have yet to be worked out.

The study group presented its recommendations on ramp options to the Anoka City Council last month.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at editor.anokaunion@ecm-inc.com

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