What’s up with Wesley? With less than a year away from the grand opening of the new Astera Health Campus, many are wondering what will happen to the current facilities. No worries about demolition! Tri-County Health Care has no plans to destroy these iconic buildings that have been in Wadena for decades. The organization aims to find a way to utilize them to their fullest potential as the organization shifts to its new home just miles outside of Wadena.
When is the move?
Medical providers and staff, along with their equipment, will be making a big move in the Spring of 2023. This move is a multi-tiered process that requires all hands on deck. From maintenance to schedulers, everyone needs to be at the ready to move necessary equipment to the new site while allowing time to acclimate. As of now, the organization plans to hold off on moving staff stationed in the Wesley building to the current hospital/clinic for around six months. This buffer period will allow site engineers and maintenance to make it space for the support specialists to help the new building operate efficiently.
A new purpose
It has been stated several times that the Wesley Building will not be left to decay. Additionally, it holds generations of historical value in addition to being a potentially viable commercial space. For now, Tri-County Health Care will continue to use the lower floor for laundry and other building support services. The garage in the back of the building will continue to be a hub for EMS personnel. Lastly, the third floor will be used for medical record storage.
That leaves the first and second floors. These two floors come with a whirlwind of possibilities. The office space is ideal for various clerical, sales, and front-end operations. A tentative plan is to start leasing these areas to local and regional businesses. Tri-County Health Care has always placed a high value on economic stimulation. A healthy community promotes industry, and being able to provide a space for that industry would be a strong point of pride.
Commercial offices are a great way to go, but that isn’t the only course of action considered. The organization has expressed some interest in selling the property. Some have cited the historical importance of the building, claiming it might be a good home for the Historical Society in Wadena. A direct sale will continue to be an option in the future.
What do you think?
We need help from our communities in Wadena and the surrounding areas. If the price was no object and you had infinite resources, what would you do with the Wesley building? How would you make this structure useful to the people of Wadena? Let us know in the comments section below or on our social media pages.