New Hope Buys Winnetka Learning Center

November 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm Leave a comment


By Andrew Richter

Well, isn’t it just great when government sells off property to government;

The city of New Hope closed on the purchase of the Winnetka Learning Center, 7940 55th Ave. N., and adjacent property from Robbinsdale Area Schools on November 6.

The sale price for the nearly 17‐acre site was $1.75 million. 

$1.75 million!!!!!

The city plans to demolish the 55,600 square foot brick building and work with a developer to build new homes on the site.

What do you want to bet it’s high density housing!!!!!

New Hope began talking with the school district about potentially purchasing the Winnetka Learning Center in 2011, when the district’s Divestiture Committee identified the site as surplus district property.

As part of the city’s due diligence process before it agreed to purchase Winnetka Learning Center, the school district provided the city with a report that identified the presence of asbestos in the building that will need to be removed before it can be demolished.

Earlier this year, New Hope applied for and received a $200,000 Livable Communities  Tax Base Revitalization Account grant from Hennepin County to help pay for that asbestos removal. 

As always, taxpayers continue to subsidize these projects.

The New Hope city engineer has begun writing plans and specifications in preparation for demolition of the Winnetka Learning Center building this winter.

And, the City Council plans to decide soon which of two residential developers –Centra Homes or Pulte Home the city will work with to redevelop the property.  

Anyone what to bet it’s high density housing??

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Entry filed under: Agenda 21, Met Council, New Hope.

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