ROSEMOUNT - This spring, Rosemount Family Resource Center will break ground on a new facility that will allow staff to support more families in need.
Lisa Lusk, director of school success and community resources with 360 Communities, said the new larger building will be life changing for many families and will become a great asset for the community.
The building will allow more square feet for youth to gather after school and there will be a conference room to accommodate support groups.
"We feel the location will be well centered in Rosemount and will help people from all over the community," Rosemount Parks and Recreation Director Dan Schultz said.
The existing operation has outgrown its space at the Cimarron Avenue West in Rosemount.
The expansion has been in the works since the first rendering was drawn up in 2016 and was submitted to the state Legislature to become part of the state bonding.
"It did not make it through the first year but it did last year," Schultz said.
Rosemount City Council reviewed the concept and building drawings multiple times.
In 2018, the building expansion project was brought back with a more detailed layout and budget, and the grant was submitted and approved from the state bonding bill in 2018.
The total cost of the capital project will be $900,000. A state grant of $450,000 will fund the project, and the rest of the $450,000 will be paid out of the city capital budget.
The project became reality after Sen. Greg Clausen, DFL-Apple Valley, authored the legislation for funding. Clausen worked as a former principal at Rosemount High School before entering politics.
"He (Clausen) was very instrumental in getting us where we are today," Schultz said. "We could not be moving forward without the money from the state."
The new building will be constructed by CNH Architects of Apple Valley. The groundbreaking will take place this spring with hopes that the building will celebrate a ribbon-cutting later this year.
Currently 360 Communities is undergoing conversations to find a temporary place to house the Rosemount Resource Center while the building construction is underway.