MN Adult and Teen Challenge plans gym expansion

Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge has received Planning Commission approval to build a 6,500-square-foot addition for a gymnasium at 101 32nd St. E.

The campus provides chemical dependency treatment for 146 residents and offers outpatient services as well.

“Residents currently use an outdoor volleyball area during warm weather but otherwise have little on-site physical activity space,” states a letter by the architect. “The proposed gymnasium will replace the outdoor volleyball court and will allow year-round indoor activity.”

The organization also received city approval to add a duplex at 3245 1st Avenue South to the Teen Challenge campus to serve as office space for staff. The change would not add residents to the block.

The Lyndale Neighborhood Association passed a resolution in support of the request after staff said changes to traffic, parking, sightlines and use of the facilities should be minimal.