My mistakes and update on Mayo Clinic houses
In updating the information on Mayo Clinic buying four downtown Rochester houses, it became clear I got a couple things incorrect when I reported the deal in my column Monday.
First, the $625,000 purchase price was not just for the 110-year-old house at 216 Fifth Ave. N.W. as I wrote. That was the price tag Mayo Clinic paid for all four houses it bought on May 25. That payment covered the 216 house as well as two other Fifth Avenue Northwest houses — 218 and 222 — and 414 Third St. N.W. That $625,000 doesn't seem as high when you realize it was the price for four houses instead of one.
My second error was placing the address of the Rochester company that sold the houses — JAMS A Partnership — in the wrong quadrant of the city.
Olmsted County sends tax bills to JAMS at 2705 Salem Road in southwest Rochester.
While I was realizing my mistakes, Mayo Clinic was updating what I had been told the plans are for these houses.
The houses were acquired to secure future expansion space for the Sandra J. Schulze American Cancer Society Hope Lodge at 411 Second St. N.W.
However, don't expect them to become parking lots as Mayo Clinic representatives originally stated they could.
Karl Oestreich of Mayo says the plan now is to demolish the houses and create green space for the use of people staying at Hope Lodge. That could happen by this fall.