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Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic revamps equipment repair space

Mayo Clinic is revamping space around Rochester for its medical equipment team.

A $100,000 renovation of leased space in an industrial building at 1937 Seventh St. NW is underway for Mayo Clinic's Healthcare Technology Managementdivision. A similar $35,000 project to support the same group is slated for the ground level of the Saint Marys Hospital's Generose Building.

The division "supports and maintains equipment that is used for the care, diagnosis and treatment of patients and includes, but is not limited to: biomedical, imaging, X-ray, laboratory, intensive care unit, operating room, education, research and administrative activities," according to Kelley Luckstein,of Mayo Clinic.

Healthcare Technology Management previously was called Biomedical Equipment Services. Luckstein said Mayo Clinic merged tech groups from across the campus three years ago to create "a new consolidated enterprise division" to manage and to standardize the maintenance of the medical equipment.

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While checking on Mayo Clinic-owned facilities, I thought I'd ask about the future of the rambling almost 27,000-square-foot Rochester Travelers Hotelbuilding at 426 Second St. SW.

Mayo Clinic bought the hotel, part of which dates back to 1918, for $1.68 million in 2001. In early 2016, the old-school hotel closed its doors and since has remained unused. Olmsted Countyestimates the market value of the complex and the Second Street land it stands on at $1.75 million. That's up from $1.74 in 2016, but down from $1.77 million from 2011 to 2015.

The hotel is located on a high-profile spot at the entrance to downtown, next to Mayo Clinic's Baldwin Buildingand parking ramp.

Similar to the old Lourdes High School, another empty downtown property, Mayo Clinic leaders seem to be taking their time figuring out what to do with it.

When asked about it earlier this month, Luckstein wrote that, "Mayo Clinic has no current plans for the facility or the land."

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