Anoka to sell house; nursing home demo delayed

The city of Anoka will soon sell a house bought in a deal with the Volunteers of America that sold the organization additional land near the organization’s Homestead of Anoka.

The city had planned a quick turnaround to sell the house, as-is.

The city had multiple offers on the property within 24 hours of listing it, said Economic Development Manager Erik Thorvig.

The highest offer for the house at 1050 Jefferson Street was $78,100, an increase over the $51,218 the city paid for it. The buyers’ plan is to renovate the home and then re-sell it.

Thorvig said this house had been used as an office and would require significant renovations to be a single-family home.

The city is also placing a restrictive covenant on the property that will require it to be owner-occupied for at least five years. The council was satisfied with the five-year restriction.

“Once that house is renovated, it will be owner-occupied and will probably be owner-occupied for a very long time,” Mayor Phil Rice said.

Closing on the sale of the property is anticipated in August.

As part of the same deal, the city also acquired VOA’s old nursing home on Madison Street, just across from the house on Jefferson.

The plan is to demolish the building and resell the land as four, single-family building lots. Two will front Madison Street, and two will face Jefferson Street.

Thorvig said he has already been approached by a builder.

“Those lots could go quickly and at a higher price than we had anticipated when we put together this deal,” he said.

While demolition of the nursing home had been planned for this summer, there has been a delay.

The city had originally estimated it would cost $25,000 for asbestos removal on the property, based on the recent demolition of the old RiverWay Clinic on Monroe Street.

But upon closer review, Thorvig said the removal will likely cost $100,000. The city will now apply for a grant through the Minnesota Department of Economic Development to help offset those costs.

Thorvig thought demolition would likely be pushed back until later this fall.

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

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