Candidates express opinions on direction of RTCPublished 11:04am Friday, September 28, 2012
When asked about the fate of the Regional Treatment Center, all four candidates said they believe the building could be saved.
House candidate Chet Nettestad, who in the past has supported restoring the building to some kind of mental health institution, said that he believed the building could be refurbished into a trade skills training center.
Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen suggested using Legacy preservation dollars at the building, and his challenger Dan Skogen said that splitting the property and building into discrete parts that can be redeveloped separately is important.
Perhaps the most telling response was from Rep. Bud Nornes, who is pro-preservation and who has worked with the city on the issue in the past. He said that in order to assist in preservation, he needs a clear directive from the city council on its intentions and goals.
“They need to tell me what they would like me to do on their behalf to help preserve this building,” he said.Tags: Regional Treatment Center