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Nonprofits seek new home as Professional and Community Center to close

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The Mayo Clinic Health System Professional and Community Center at 1407 W. Fourth St. will be decommissioned in September 2018. The building houses Mayo staff as well as several area nonprofits. Michael Brun / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
Plans are being developed to relocate the free community CARE Clinic to Seminary Home on College Avenue. Michael Brun / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 3

Nonprofits residing in the Professional and Community Center on West Fourth Street are preparing to move out after Mayo Clinic Health System announced plans to shutter the former hospital building at the end of September.

The building is too large for the health system's needs, and repairs have grown increasingly complex and costly, according to a news release Monday, Feb. 26. The center houses Mayo Clinic Health System staff as well as a number of community organizations using space in the building at no cost.

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Plans are being developed for Mayo staff and the free community CARE Clinic to move to the Seminary Home a few blocks away, the news release states. That leaves HOPE Coalition, Faith in Action, Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County, Three Rivers Community Action and Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity in need of a new home.

A committee of nonprofit executives and city leaders has formed to explore relocation options.

"It's been a very nice space," Faith in Action Executive Director Lee Neste said, adding the volunteer services organization has been in the Professional and Community Center for more than 15 years. He thanked Mayo Clinic Health System and previous owner Fairview Health Services for their generosity.

HOPE Coalition Executive Director Kris Kvols said moving into the donated space four years ago helped offset costs and allowed the organization to better meet the needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and homelessness.

Kvols said the nonprofits in the building appreciate working under one roof, and leaders have discussed a desire for a nonprofit center in the city so an array of services could be available at a single location. "We enjoy as nonprofits being together because it gives us a chance to connect more closely on ideas, exchange information and refer clients," she said.

Moving CARE Clinic to the Seminary Home would be a challenge, especially for certain dental equipment, but clinic development director Michaela Read said the space appears to be a good fit.

"There are divided up rooms where we can easily create operatories, whether dental, medical or mental health," Read said.

Mayo Clinic Health System affirmed its commitment to local nonprofits in the decommissioning announcement.

"Over the years we have built strong relationships with these nonprofits, and we will continue to support them in their mission to help serve others in our community," said Dr. Brian Whited, CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing, in a news release.

The fate of the Professional and Community Center has yet to be decided, though Mayo Clinic Health System indicated it is willing to sell the property to address housing needs in Red Wing.

Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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