Mayo Clinic Health System has entered into a purchase agreement with a real estate developer to sell the shuttered Professional and Community Center on West Fourth Street and use the property to address affordable housing needs, the organizations announced Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019.
Twin Cities-based Global Mercantile will purchase the former St. John's Hospital building for an undisclosed sum. Founder Pablo Murillo said in a statement Tuesday he is excited to work with the city of Red Wing and area businesses on housing and economic development.
"We look forward to a collaborative design process that results in a smart, practical and elegant housing solution that meets Red Wing's unique needs," Murillo said in a news release. "It is our pleasure to re-imagine this community asset by incorporating the amenities, design and affordability that will attract new residents and encourage the public to rediscover Red Wing as a beautiful and thriving community and economy."
Mayo Clinic Health System announced the closure of Professional and Community Center in February 2018. In the months since, office staff working in the building were relocated to the renovated Seminary Professional Building, formerly the Seminary Memorial Home, on College Avenue.
Several area nonprofits also had office space in the building and have since relocated. The free community CARE Clinic now resides in the Seminary Professional Building.
"With our staff and services settled in the new space and the Professional and Community Center now empty, the purchase agreement comes at a perfect time," said Steve Gudgell, vice chair of administration, southeast Minnesota, with Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing.
Murillo said the development will incorporate "practical, yet beautiful, architecture" and provide a mix of affordable and market-rate housing, according to the announcement.
"Affordable housing has consistently been identified as a top priority through local assessments," said Dr. Brian Whited, CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing. "We're lucky to find a buyer in Global Mercantile who understands the needs of our community."