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Analysis leads KRLT to new home

The Kinnickinnic River Land Trust moved its office from the lower level of the Bye, Goff and Rohde building (258 Riverside Drive) to the River Falls Industrial Center II, 265 Mounds View Road. Photo by Debbie Griffin.

Interim Director for the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust Dale Jorgenson said it was a routine, annual examination of the nonprofit organization's expenses that eventually led it to a new home at 265 Mounds View Road in the north-end industrial park.

The move was made Monday, Oct. 31.

KRLT moved into its former office space at 258 Riverside Drive -- the Bye, Goff and Rohde building -- in May 2010, coming from the historic Prairie Mill building on the corner of Main and Division streets, where it had an office for about 10 years.

Jorgenson and KRLT Board President Dan Wilkening agree that the riverside office in the BG&R building is in an especially beautiful setting and that it served the land trust well during its time there. Wilkening said the attorneys had been "terrific landlords."

An annual analysis of expenses found the land trust scrutinizing costs, which included asking about available office space in town.

Wilkening said that eventually led KRLT to the building that formerly housed UFE and was bought earlier this year by businessman Tom Elbert, who is remodeling and updating the building.

Elbert also bought and redeveloped the big building at 715 St. Croix St., now known as the River Falls Industrial Center, a building vacated by Kolpak in 2005.

Wilkening and Jorgenson said the land trust found that by considering a move to the RFIC II, they could save money as well as build the space to suit KRLT's needs.

Jorgenson said, "There was some cost savings and it gave us a little more flexibility."

He said the land trust will have a few hundred square feet more in the remodeled building than in its former office, and building-owner Elbert welcomed their input on designing the layout of the new space.

That freedom enabled the land trust to make the new space more functional and volunteer friendly.

It has a separate entrance to the outside; a bigger conference room; a common area where the copier, mail machine and other equipment "live;" and a volunteer work station.

Jorgenson and Wilkening confirm they spoke to several potential landlords and agree that Elbert's efforts to accommodate them stood out.

"I can't emphasize enough that Tom Elbert has been great to work with," said Jorgenson.

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