Update: January 2015
The land for the residence is being cleared and prepared for building.
The list of building features has been compiled for the services needed.
Watch for news from meeting with the architect. As funding becomes
available, we will try to break ground on Granite House in winter 2016.
We hope to welcome our first residents in late fall 2017 or early 2018.
GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY, APRIL 29, 2017
April 2, 2017 --PROGRESS! We have our building permit and the corners of the house have been staked out by the surveyor. Our first two subcontractors, for excavation and foundation, are working out their schedules to break ground and pour the walls this month. Look carefully at the photo, left of the surveyor. His own taller stake is only two inches away from the stake that Tom placed in November with his own Theodolite. Pretty good work! That will be the corner of the garage. Watch for news about the next big step—groundbreaking!
December 4, 2016-Here's Tom with a theodolite, staking out the corners of the residence last week. With our plans ready, we now have the perfect balance between bedrooms, family gathering areas, and therapy rooms. We have piles of straw bales ready to spread inside the marked perimeter to insulate the ground from freezing until groundbreaking during the winter. It will be an exciting year!
September 2015-Just look at the Granite House land today! Most of the tree and brush removal is done, and the big oaks and maples surrounding the building site are opened up. Still a few unwanted trees to take down-- with professional help. This perspective shows the front entry of the house, with the back windows to be facing the river bluffs view. The bedrooms and screened porch will have views of the woods. The big pile of brush will be gone soon.
The cleared building site as seen from
Stagecoach Trail, as of February 1st. The
residence will be placed at the top of the
hill, among the large oak trees. There is a
small house number sign "2114" by the
driveway. Note one of the large piles of
brush still to be burned.
Above, from left: Dan Kyllo, West Lakeland Twp Board Chair; Lucas Gahler, board member; Anna Bohnen, RN, board member; Todd Gillingham, Thrivent Financial; Donna Koning, MD, board member; MN Rep. Kathy Lohmer, former board member; Tom Insley, board member; Carol Insley, board member; Kirk Dahl, DDS, board member; Frank Ritter, MD, board member.
Left, Anna and Tom clearing brush at property, Nov. 2014
Spring, 2016, and the building site nearly ready. You can see that most of the brush is gone, the large oaks and maples have been trimmed, and things are greening up.
Granite House property, November 2016.
The rooftops on the hill are the neighbors behind us. The house will be built at the highest point among the large oak trees and the lower field will be an accessible garden for residents, families, and visitors. Compare to the Feb 2015 photo below, taken at the same spot.
A family-focused long-term care residence
There has been great progress on the land! Tom Insley and his excavator, Mary Anne, have been pulling stumps and piling brush to be hauled away. At this rate, the site will be ready for building by this time next year. We have signed a contract with Stillwater architect Brian Larson, and the next phase of design drawings are in progress.
GRANITE HOUSE BUILDING SITE FROM RAW LAND, 2014
TO GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY, 2017
FOR CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS SEE THE CONSTRUCTION PAGE