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Groundbreaking Ceremony at Norris Square

Norris Square expansion official groundbreaking: (from left) Jason Quam, TCF; Greg Anderson, Anderson Companies;  Ward Isaacson, Pope Architects;  Dan Lindh, Presbyterian Homes & Services; Mayor Myron Bailey, Cottage Grove; Rep. Tony Jurgens, Minnesota House District 54B; Ben Van Vooren, Norris Square; Mark Pietrowiak, TCF; Shane Walgamuth, Anderson Companies; Rev. James Winter, Norris Square.Presbyterian Homes & Services Breaks Ground in Cottage Grove, MN to expand Norris Square Senior Living Community.

COTTAGE GROVE, MN—Golden shovels in hand, Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) celebrated the official groundbreaking on August 22, 2017 to expand Norris Square senior living community, located at 8200 Hadley Avenue South in Cottage Grove. The celebration included local civic and business leaders alongside the project development team, Norris Square residents and PHS staff. 

“We’re very excited to see this development happening,” said Myron Bailey, Mayor of Cottage Grove.” He expressed how excited he was to see people in the audience who he grew up with and who are still in the community because they live at Norris Square.  “One of the things that I always wanted in Cottage Grove was an opportunity for seniors to remain in this community.  When [PHS] stood up and was able to make this happen, it was an exciting day for me because the best place to be is close to home,” he said. Bailey also commended PHS for adding 72 new jobs to the community.  “I know PHS will continue to be a great partner with the city,” he said. 

Minnesota Representative Tony Jurgens (District 54B) concurred with the Mayor’s comments and expressed his appreciation to PHS for investing in Cottage Grove by building and expanding Norris Square. Throughout the 11 years that Jurgens served on the Cottage Grove Economic Development Authority, he was frequently asked, “What’s going on at Norris Square?”  He said, “As people watch throughout the summer, they will see the community expansion going up. It’s going to provide a much needed service to our growing community,” he said. 

Dan Lindh, President and CEO of PHS, grew up in Cottage Grove and attended the local public middle and high schools. On the land that is now Norris Square, he remembered the shopping center where he hung out with friends as a teen. “It was a sort of town center,” he recalled. There were not a lot of senior services or care centers in the area at the time and older adults would have to move to surrounding communities to find the care they needed. PHS acquired the property and, in 2008, opened Norris Square, named for Jay Sullivan Norris, the founder of Cottage Grove. At that time, Norris Square was the first senior living community in Cottage Grove and offered senior living, assisted living and memory care apartments. “It was a thrill for me to see older adults remain in the community who would have otherwise had to migrate to other communities outside of Cottage Grove but when Norris Square opened it lacked a care center,” Lindh said. “We’re going to solve that problem,” he declared.

Norris Square expansion aerial view: artist’s renderingThe expansion includes a 2-story skilled nursing care center building and a 3-story senior apartment building with underground parking located due north of the current buildings. The new Gables care center will serve about 75 long-term care residents, including care center memory care residents. The care center is designed in a home-like setting to accommodate Liberty Personally Designed Living™, the care model of PHS.

When complete in fall 2018, the new 3-story building will add 64 senior apartments to the campus ranging from approximately 820 to 1,400 square feet in 1 and 2 bedroom floor plans. Select apartments will include added features such as a den or sunroom, walk-out deck or patio and laundry room with full-size washer and dryer.  

The project includes renovation and expansion of the Town Center. Currently, the Town Center features The Wild Rye Bistro, Isabella’s General Store (named for the wife of Cottage Grove’s first retailer), an elegant dining room with professional wait staff, fireplaces and lounges, beauty and barber shop, library and computer lab, club room, fireplace room, and more. When complete, new spaces and services offered by the Town Center will include a chapel/community room, an outdoor patio attached to the bistro,  a Wings® Wellness Center and relocated administrative offices. A new main entrance to Norris Square, which will incorporate the current canopy and similar water feature, will bring visitors to the Town Center, while each building will have its own secure entrance.

The $65M expansion is designed by Pope Architects, based in St. Paul, MN. Anderson Companies is the general contractor. Financing is through TCF Financial Corporation. 

For information about Norris Square, visit To inquire about current availability of senior apartments, assisted living apartments and memory care apartments, contact Barb Leuthe, Housing Counselor at (651) 769-6600 or [email protected].

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