Garden View purchase moving forward

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By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

At its Nov. 5 meeting, the Monona Council tentatively accepted a real estate offer from MALC, LLC pertaining to the purchase of Garden View Senior Living Facility. 

City administrator Dan Canton said the city will next post notice of its intent to sell Garden View and hold a public hearing at the Monday, Nov. 19, council meeting. 

“Then the council can take action to formally accept the offer,” he explained. 

The city of Monona has owned Garden View since it was built 12 years ago. The facility is currently managed by Tealwood Senior Living, based in Bloomington, Minn. 

Canton said the buyer—MALC, LLC—is based in Waterloo. Garden View would be managed by Senior Housing Management, of Cedar Rapids. 

“They’re a very reputable company, very experienced,” he said. “Tealwood will work closely with the buyer for a smooth transition. The council is confident it will be smooth.” 

Canton said the anticipated closing date is Jan. 2. 

Proposed upgrades to block of North Page 

The council gave engineer Jon Biedermann, with Fehr Graham, the go-ahead to prepare an engineering agreement, and eventually plans and specifications, for potential upgrades to one block of North Page Street. 

Canton said the project would include the replacement of street, curb and sidewalk on the section of North Page from Center Street to the railroad tracks. The area is home to the Monona Fire Department and EMS building, Murphy Helwig Library and several businesses. 

“The street is well-traveled,” Canton said, “and it’s just cobbled up. We have got to do something.” 

There is no date set for when this project would be completed, but Canton said the city wants to have plans at the ready should funding become available. 

City accepting offers for 605 S. Main property 

The city is accepting offers for the purchase of a property it owns at 605 S. Main St. At the meeting, the council approved provisions for the offer and acceptance agreement form—information that can be obtained at city hall. Bids will be accepted until Thursday, Dec. 13. 

Canton said one of the provisions is that the potential buyer must tear down the existing structure on the 1.5-acre lot by Sept. 1, 2019. Potential buyers must also provide a plan detailing what they would do with the property. 

“We’d like to see it developed,” Canton said. 

He said the property is currently zoned for residential use, but could possibly be re-zoned for commercial use. 

Located next door to J&J Power Washing, “it’s close to a commercial zone,” Canton noted.

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