It coincides with Mount sisters' new living space project.

    “It has been a long time in the works, but groundbreaking for the new entry complex at Villa St. Vincent will begin this summer,” said Villa Administrator Judy Hulst. “We are excited to journey forward at the same time as the Sisters of Saint Benedict undertake major changes to their campus, building a new, sustainable living space.”

    Through strategic planning, Villa St. Vincent set the design into motion in 2008 to identify improvements to the infrastructure of the building to better serve those seeking care and services. Satisfaction surveys revealed transportation issues were a strong opportunity.

    “While we are hearty people here in Minnesota, our climate can be especially challenging as families and caregivers assist people in and out of vehicles,” Hulst said. “The new addition is designed to improve not only comfort but safety, keeping people off the ice and indoors during those car transfers will be a wonderful enhancement.”

    The addition was designed keeping Villa St. Vincent’s Core Value of Stewardship a priority,  since plans have a clear energy efficient focus. The building front will be improved as well, allowing for better accommodations in the Wellness Center and lounge areas.  

    “We also look forward to nice changes outside,” said Hulst.  “The parking lot will be moved and the current parking area on the south side will be converted into a much more usable outdoor space.”

    “We want to thank everyone who has contributed to this capital campaign,” said Foundation Director Lori Wagner.  “These types of projects are challenging since they are considered non-revenue producing. We must, therefore, achieve 100 percent of the funding through philanthropy.  

    “We could not have moved forward with this critical improvement to expand our service capacity, without the continued generosity of the Crookston community and folks in the surrounding area,” Wagner continued. “We will be planning a celebration this fall when our addition is completed and want to see you here.”