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Breezy Point: Council tours CRMC Northstar clinic

Breezy Point City Council and a few members of the public tour the upcoming Cuyuna Regional Medical Center clinic Monday, Jan. 7, in Breezy Point. Erin Bormett / Echo Journal1 / 3
Breezy Point City Council walks down a partially-finished hallway of exam rooms at the construction site for the new Cuyuna Regional Medical Center clinic Monday, Jan. 7, in Breezy Point. Erin Bormett / Echo Journal 2 / 3
Mayor Tom Lillehei looks around the construction site of the upcoming Cuyuna Regional Medical Center clinic Monday, Jan. 7, in Breezy Point. Erin Bormett / Echo Journal 3 / 3

Following the Breezy Point City Council meeting Monday, Dec. 7, the council and a few members of the public drove to the construction site for the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Northstar Center Clinic in Breezy Point.

The facility, on the corner of County State Aid Highway 11 and Ranchette Drive, is still under construction, but was sound enough for council members to take a tour of the full structure.

The 7,000-square-foot clinic includes nine exam rooms, a laboratory, an outpatient procedure room and several offices. A separate entrance leads to an attached pharmacy.

Whitebirch, Inc., the developer, partnered with the city of Breezy Point to make this project possible.

"It's private business and the city working closely together," said Patrick Wussow, city administrator for Breezy Point.

The goal is to complete the clinic by spring of this year.

During the city council meeting, the council released $91,000 back to Whitebirch, Inc. from the escrow fund out of $111,000 total because most of the work on the Cuyuna Northstar Center Clinic has been completed.

The remaining $20,000 will cover engineering and attorney expenses as well as a 10 percent retainage until the project is complete. The final reimbursement will be paid out upon full completion of the project.

In other business, the council:

• Accepted a donation of $10,000 from the Fletcher Foundation for the Pelican Woods Cemetery.

• Accepted land donations from two families. One donation is a 1.02-acre plot off of County Road 11, while the other donation includes two very small parcels totaling 0.17 acres on a partial access road.

• Approved the feasibility study by Widseth Smith Nolting engineering firm for paving and sewer improvements on Whitebirch Drive, Papago Circle and Suffolk Drive.

• Approved the annual $2,000 contract with the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation.

• Heard a review of building permits from 2018 from Breezy Point Building Official Scott Sadusky. There were permits for 19 new houses approved last year and nearly 150 commercial permits approved.

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