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Central Minnesota Housing looks to develop former Eagle Bend School


Above, during the Bertha-Hewitt School Board meeting on November 12, Deanna Hemmesch, executive director of Central Minnesota Housing Partnership, John Rachuy, Virgina Heldt and Verna Toenyan presented their plan to turn the former Eagle Bend School building into a 24 unit senior housing facility.

by Trinity Gruenberg


During the Bertha-Hewitt School Board meeting on November 12, Deanna Hemmesch, executive director of Central Minnesota Housing Partnership, John Rachuy, Virginia Heldt, and Verna Toenyan presented their plan to turn the former Eagle Bend School building into a 24 unit senior housing facility. United Church Homes was originally interested and had pulled out.

Toenyan, aging coordinator and part of the planning department, explained that nine architects have looked at the building and it is purported to stand another 50 years. The Housing Authority of Todd County conducted a housing survey and saw the need for housing.

“It’s not just about a building. It’s about a need. It’s about can this building work? Yes. Can we finance it? That’s what we are proposing to do,” said Toenyan. . .



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