December, 8th 2021
New Madelia Government Center Design Unveiled
Facility to be home to new City Hall, Police Station, and Fire Hall

Madelia, MN— December, 8th 2021The outdoor design of the new Madelia Government center has been unveiled for the public to see.  The Government Center will be the home for City Hall, Madelia Police, and Madelia Fire.  The project is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2022.

“The design will be a great gateway to the Madelia community at the prominent intersection of Drew Avenue and Main Street”, said Lee McCabe.   McCabe represents PHLAG who won the contract through open bids to build the project.

In early 2021, the City Council requested proposals to replace the current facility in Downtown Madelia.   “The current facilities range from buildings over 100 years old to a small fire hall addition from 1985” states Madelia City Administrator Chris Fischer, “We wanted to move into a space that was more efficient, affordable, and kept pace with the changing city over the last 100 years”.  Plans call for the current city facilities to be redeveloped and open much needed space to a growing downtown.  Fischer adds “by having one shared structure, we can utilize shared spaces throughout – along with shared services such as internet and HVAC – all saving the taxpayers money from day one.”

The new Government Center will allow the Police Station to be more visible to the community.  “Currently our police station is accessible only through an alley after business hours and weekends”, said Police Chief Rob Prescher, “By being more visible to the community I believe it will enhance public safety not only to the residents of Madelia – but visitors as well.”

“This is a long time coming” adds Fire Chief Ryan Visher, “our current space is tight, and our meeting room is in the basement.  We are excited to have a space that is compliant and more readily accessible to highways and key routes in our fire district.”

Upon accepting the proposal from PHLAG, that set-in motion a project that has been thought about for many years. “Here we are beginning a new chapter in the growth of Madelia” said Mayor Mike Grote, “I believe what we have here is a building our community will be proud of and will serve our community again for many generations to come.”