The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services plans to sell some of its land at all five of its state-owned facilities.
H-H-S owns and operates mental health institutions in Cherokee and Independence, the Boys State Training School in Eldora, and the Woodward and Glenwood Resource Centers. Glenwood is slated to close next year.
H-H-S Director Kelly Garcia says one reason they’re selling some of the land at the Cherokee facility is to help address that area’s housing crisis.
Like many Iowa communities, affordable housing is at a premium, and these parcels of land should both bring a good price and create new places to build.
Garcia says the department plans to host a town hall meeting in Cherokee on Wednesday about the sale. Land surveys are already complete and the properties should be on the market soon.
(credit to Radio Iowa/Iowa Public Radio)