Cambridge approves park purchases for City Park

A new playground, amphitheater-picnic shelter, and disc golf equipment are coming soon to Cambridge City Park.

During the Cambridge City Council meeting Monday, July 7, the council approved $57,910 in park equipment purchases through Minnesota/Wisconsin Playground.

The purchases include a blue Mountain Shoals style playground, 20-by-40-foot amphitheater-picnic shelter, four picnic tables and nine-hole disc golf. City Park is located at 810 Second Ave. SW, Cambridge.

City Planner Marcia Westover explained Minnesota/Wisconsin Playground is the state contract company and they already bid against the nation for the lowest price, so the city isn’t required to obtain a second bid for pricing.

Westover explained the amphitheater-picnic shelter would have a metal roof and would be “copper penny” in color.

The underside of the roof would be tongue-and-groove wood to absorb sound and to hold lights and electrical components.

The supporting posts would be a cream color with rock column accents half-way up from the base.

She said the design is intended to blend in with the surrounding nature.

As for the four picnic tables for the amphitheater-picnic area, Westover explained the tables would be easily removable to accommodate an event in the amphitheater.

Westover said due to the flooding this year, an exact placement of the nine-hole disc golf course has yet to be determined, but it will be identified with the assistance of Isanti County Parks Director Barry Wendorf.


2015 Street Improvements

The council approved a resolution ordering a feasibility report and approving an engineering services agreement with SEH for the 2015 street improvement project.

City Engineer Todd Blank explained the 2015 street improvement project consists of reconstructing the streets and underground utilities on North Cypress Street from Highway 95 to Eight Avenue Northwest; Sixth Avenue North from North Cypress Street to North Main Street; and old North Main Street from North Main Street to the city limits.

Blank explained the project is part of the city’s current capital improvement plan recently reviewed with the City Council.

Blank said SEH will provide engineering services for the project for an estimated maximum fee of $44,700. SEH will invoice the city on the basis of actual hours spent at current billing rates, plus the actual cost of reimbursable expenses up the maximum fee amount.

Blank said SEH anticipates completing the feasibility study and report for review by the council at the Sept. 15 regular council meeting.

A public improvement hearing and assessment hearing could then held at the Oct. 20 council meeting. Blank said this schedule would then allow design to be completed for project bidding in early 2015 before most projects are bid.


GracePointe Crossing 

facility update

Dustin Sayre, project developer at Senior Housing Partners, provided the council with a facility update on GracePointe Crossing senior living facilities.

He explained GracePointe Crossing will be combining its two current care centers, Gables East and Gables West, and constructing a new building near GracePointe Crossing’s River Hills campus, located across the Rum River on the west end of Cambridge.

He said discussions are still taking place regarding the future of the two care center buildings once they are vacant.

Sayre said construction on the new three-story building will take place in the fall of 2015.

He said the new building will consist of a 197-bed care center and will be designed like “neighborhoods,” with each level of care having its own “neighborhood.”

He said the dining centers will be more modern and more like a neighborhood setting.

He explained the building will also have a memory care unit and transitional care units. He said the new building will have the same capacity as the two current care centers, with 230 beds.

GracePointe Crossing Campus Administrator Laurie Sykes said the project is approximately $40 million.

She added the new building will have showers in each of the rooms so clients have the option of bathing in their own room or having a more spa-type atmosphere.

“This sounds like an absolute awesome project and a lot of fun,” said Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer. “This is such a positive thing for our community and beyond. It will be exciting to watch this project move forward. Thank you for your investment in our community.”

Sykes also mentioned, since a new building is being built, it will be an easy transition for the current clients.

She added they are working closely with Cambridge Medical Center on this project as well to provide the services the community needs.

“It will be a seamless move for our residents, and everything will be set up for them when they get to the new building,” Sykes said. “They will have breakfast in the old care center and have lunch in the new building.”