CANNON FALLS, Minn. — With abatement and asbestos removal complete, plans are in place to tear down the former hospital facility located at 1116 West Mill Street in mid-July. Construction crews will secure the perimeter of the building with a chain link fence for safety and security during demolition. All streets around the facility will remain open with access to the alley behind the facility available from the west side. The construction is anticipated to wrap up by mid-August.
Built in 1958, the facility served the community of Cannon Falls for many years. The building has been vacant since August, 2014 when the new medical center opened on County Road 24. Remaining equipment and furnishings from the old facility have been donated to local organizations or given to charities. The structure known as the modular building located in the back of the facility was moved and donated to the Cannon Valley Fair Board earlier this year.
Once final grading and ground restorations take place, the space will be suitable for four residential building lots. Additionally, Mayo Clinic Health System plans to donate the former patient parking lot across from the building to the City of Cannon Falls which will then be converted to a community park.