Meet Golden Nest, new assisted living facility in Northeast Minneapolis

A church site that once served seniors through a hot meal program may again serve seniors, in a different way. When the Northeast United Methodist leaders sold the former Trinity Methodist Church at 2501Taylor St. NE to Faith Tabernacle Ministries of the Church of God in Christ, they sold the newer building addition to Golden Nest for an assisted living and adult day care facility.

Eastside Meals on Wheels used to operate out of the church buildings before moving to Catholic Eldercare after the church went up for sale.

Hongjoo Lee is executive director of Golden Nest. Her plans call for eight residential rooms housing up to 15 people total, on the top floor of the 1960s-built education wing; that floor would include a living and dining room and chapel. On the lower floor, classrooms, kitchen and lounge would comprise the development achievement center (adult day facility). It will be called Golden Nest Assisted Living and Adult Day Center. Lee operates an assisted living facility nearby, at 1918 19th Ave. NE, the former Northeast House, and a smaller home in Richfield that she reopened recently when demand increased.

Golden Nest has been in business since 2005, and residents come by word of mouth, especially referrals from other clients and their case managers. There will be a variety of ages at the new facility, all seniors.

Lee said she plans an upscale new atmosphere with an event room and renovated kitchen for gatherings such as workshops or movies in the lower level, a classroom with computers, a physical therapy-occupational therapy area, exercise machines and a big classroom for the adult day center.

To prepare the living area, Golden Nest’s contractor will be renovating existing bathrooms to be handicapped accessible, adding showers, and generally remodeling, “a lot of cosmetics.”

The plans required asking the City of Minneapolis for a zoning change from R2B to R4, in which these uses both require a conditional use permit. Community Planning and Economic Development department staff Janelle Widmeier told the Northeaster the re-zoning was approved April 26.

Audubon Neighborhood Association sent a letter of support; ANA President Nic Baker said the group thought it would be a good resource for neighborhood seniors and not create any noise or traffic problems. “Will it be a worthwhile addition to the community? We think so,” Baker said.

The site contains what the city considers the appropriate amount of parking, shared between the church and Golden Nest using the spaces at different times. Widmeier noted that there will need to be separate access between the church and Golden Nest, and between levels, so that “customers and employees of non-residential uses do not have unsolicited access to hallways that include doorways [to] individual dwelling units.” Lee said she does have plans for making that separation.

And Widmeier asked for more detail and gave direction on the amount of landscaping and trees that would need to be added to the parking area and site in general to comply with city requirements. Lee said she will do the landscaping after the facility is open. “There’s a lot of money involved.”

Widmeier confirmed that final site plans need to be filed with the city but Golden Nest has two years from the date of approval to complete the landscape work. Documents recording the splitting of the lots and reciprocal easements to share the parking need to be filed with the county. “These are all administrative, and do not need to go to the City Council,” Widmeier said.

Lee said Golden Nest submitted the application for the construction permit, and applied for SAC (sewer access charge) this past week. “I’m working on schedules and the classes I might offer. I like Northeast Minneapolis and I’m so excited about opening in that area,” close to Central Avenue. Lee predicts it will happen in late June or sometime in July.

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Margo Ashmore is the editor of NorthNews.