The City of Rapid City’s Legal and Finance Committee approved a resolution Wednesday allowing $3.9 million in Vision Funds to toward the $5 million purchase of the former National American University building on Kansas City Street, where the proposed OneHeart campus will be based, reports the Rapid City Journal.
Rapid City Collective Impact, the organization behind the OneHeart project, which plans to provide the local homeless community with counseling, transitional housing, and other support services, will make up the difference.
City Council members Laura Armstrong (Ward 5), Steve Laurenti (Ward 2), Jason Salamun (Ward 3), and Chad Lewis (Ward 3) approved the decision unanimously. Lewis voice concern that the city may be liable for future maintenance costs, though City Attorney Joel Landeen says the agreement outlines that OneHeart will be responsible for maintenance and upkeep costs.
The resolution will come before the full city council on Monday, June 3rd.
Though originally awarded only $3.9 million in Vision funds from the city, an additional $1.1 million was awarded to the project in March, which will be used to reimburse Collective Impact for its share of the building purchase next year.
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