Mayo Clinic buys properties in Austin

AUSTIN — Mayo Clinic Health System of Albert Lea and Austin has purchased the former A&W restaurant near the Austin Mayo Clinic facility.

It also purchased a house next to the old A&W at 910 Fourth St. N.W., according to Scot Ramsey, operations administrator for the Facilities Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin.

Mayo has no immediate plans to redevelop those properties but bought them because of their proximity to the Austin medical center, Ramsey said.

"We are always reviewing long-term strategic plans for our future," he said. "By acquiring the A&W property we can control how the property is developed and give us more flexibility with future planning. Now that we've purchased the property, we can add this space into to our long-term facilities strategic plan."

In the short term, the two properties will be demolished and the land turned into green space, he said.

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