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Assisted living facility officially coming to Silver Bay

The proposed Spectrum Health assisted living facility is officially a go with a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday on Banks Boulevard at the site of the old Bell Circle Apartments.

The Silver Bay City Council approved zoning variances Monday that will lead to shovels going into the ground next week. Among the stipulations between the city and Spectrum is that Silver Bay will provide Spectrum with land at a value not exceeding $149,500 for the complex. If the price of the land is worth more, Spectrum will cover the rest.

"It's a long time coming," said Jon Monacelli, the vice president of finance and planning for Spectrum.

"Spectrum has just been unbelievable," said city council member Joanne Johnson about how the various stages of the planning have gone.

Also helping the city is a grant agreement accepted in January from Iron Range Resources for $350,000 that would go toward helping with facility infrastructure.

The building would have between 16 and 24 units. The facility could create at least seven full-time jobs.

Spectrum looked at other sites in Silver Bay, including an area owned by The Lake Bank just south of city hall, one near the Mary MacDonald Center, private land between the football field and the shopping center, and areas in the city-owned Silver Bay Business Park.

Residents of Silver Bay have contacted the city about living in the facility but applications aren't available. A list will be created and notices could be sent out. "They are coming shortly," said Lana Fralich, city administrator.

To get on the list, contact Silver Bay City Hall at (218) 226-4408.


Wind funneling testing at the proposed eco-park site, at the business park, has begun by the University of Minnesota Duluth. The process is meant to determine how much electrical energy can be produced at the location. The city has received $298,870 from the legislature as seed money for the park. That money will be used to help build a bio-energy facility. It is seed money to help secure other grants.

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Silver Bay has received a $100,000 grant from the Minnesota Office of Energy Security for the Mary MacDonald Center. It would be used to install more energy-efficient items, such as a new boiler and windows.