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Sep272017

Hennepin County Board Actions

Excerpts from a September 26 e-newsletter from Hennepin County:

Thrivent Financial building purchase will consolidate operations
The board voted 5-2 to approve a purchase agreement for the Thrivent Financial building adjacent to the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis.
Hennepin County plans to purchase the 18-story, 525,000-square-foot building for $55 million. The county also plans to acquire 332 parking stalls and skyway connections through a $11.5 agreement with Interstate Parking Company. The future parking lot will be built east of the Thrivent Building.
These actions will allow the county to address long-term space needs, consolidate operations and expand connections to other county buildings. Thrivent Financial's decision to sell the building also aligns with its goal of developing a new corporate center across 5th Avenue from its current location.
Hennepin County expects to close on the building purchase during the first quarter of 2018. The county will then lease the building back to Thrivent for two to three years while the company builds its new corporate center. After this time, Hennepin County staff will begin moving into the building.
Federal Reserve Bank to purchase surplus land for $7.5 million
The board, voting as the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority, approved the negotiation of a purchase agreement to sell approximately three acres of surplus property to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis for $7.5 million.  Located adjacent to the Federal Reserve office building, the property is currently being used as a surface parking lot. The Federal Reserve plans to develop the property to support its current operations.
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Event slated to raise awareness on sex trafficking and domestic violence
The board approved a request to host a domestic violence and sex trafficking resource fair October 4 in the Hennepin County Government Center. This event will provide information regarding organizations and services available to the community. The Fourth Judicial District Hennepin County Family Violence Coordinating Council will host the fair from 11:30 - 1 p.m. on the skyway level of the Government Center. Following the fair, a panel discussion will take place in the A-level auditorium on the intersection between domestic violence and sex trafficking. For more information on the resource fair, contact Anne Taylor at Anne.Taylor@hennepin.us. For more information about the panel discussion, contact Michelle Jacobson at Michelle.Jacobson@minneapolismn.gov.
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