After a year of study, the Clearview North Building Study Committee and the Dodge County Board of Supervisors have approved a project that will allow the reuse of the old Clearview Nursing Home facility in Juneau.
The 35-3 vote March 20 from the Board of Supervisors is moving the project forward. Proposals are being sought now for architectural and construction management services, with both due on April 20.
The Clearview North Building contains 170,745 square feet with four stories and an exposed lower level.
The building was originally constructed in 1969, and has been used as a county nursing home. The resident rooms were deemed inadequate for today’s space standards, and the county had approved building a new nursing home last year. Construction on that facility is expected to be completed in the fall.
Upon completion and resident relocation, the old North Building will be renovated to accommodate all Dodge County Human Services and Public Health departments along with moving departments within the county office building at 143 E. Center St. in Juneau. In addition, a portion of the building will be reconstructed as a 16-bed Community Based Residential Facility for mental health patients.
The construction cost is expected to be about $6 million. Razing the structure was estimated at $20 million, therefore the county decided to put the building to better use. To get money for the project, the county’s finance committee is recommending the combination of short-term borrowing of $3 million and unassigned general funds of $3 million.
Keith Barber is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at 414-225-1821.