A rapidly growing Rochester nonprofit recently bought a former bank branch building for $850,000 to house a second office.

Family Service Rochester purchased an empty 7,100-square-foot complex at 1625 US Highway 14 on May 21 from Bremer Bank.

The 10-year-old complex was originally built by Eastwood Bank, which was later acquired by Bremer Bank.

FSR Executive Director Scott Maloney explained his organization is outgrowing its headquarters at 4600 18th Avenue NW. That’s being driven by a growth in need for mental health services in the organization’s 12-county area.

Plans for the Highway 14 building are being worked out now by Rochester’s CRW Architecture. Maloney expects much of Family Service Rochester’s senior independence team of about 20 employees will move to the new building, while mental health and child welfare services will remain in the 18th Avenue complex.

Maloney said the plan is to also partner with other senior-focused organizations in the new space.

“We hope to be in there this fall,” he said.

Family Service Rochester employs about 125 people.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street. Send tips to jkiger@postbulletin.com or via Twitter to @whereskiger. You can call him at 285-7798.

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Jeff has worked at newspapers as a reporter, columnist, editor, photographer and copy editor since 1992. He started at the Post Bulletin in 1999. Kiger is the PB's business reporter and writes a daily column, "Heard on the Street."

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