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Rochester's Reading Center could finish expansion in 2019 with its books balanced

Rochester's Reading Center could finish expansion in 2019 with its books balanced

The Reading Center has a bipartisan group of lawmakers booked for its groundbreaking ceremony in Rochester this weekend.

The 67-year-old nonprofit is about to begin work on a $3.8 million facility for students struggling with dyslexia. The project will give the center more space in-house while also boosting its digital reach with new technologies.

“A new, right-sized building is critical to enable The Reading Center to reach the state’s most challenged readers,” the organizations’s executive director, Cindy Russell, said in a news release Thursday.

The center’s groundbreaking is scheduled for Sunday, September 16, 3:30 p.m. at the site of its new Rochester facility, 2010 Scott Road Northwest.

The ceremony comes as the center is 75 percent the way toward completing its Unleashed to Succeed Capital Campaign, co-chaired by Joe Powers, Dr. Terri Edwards and Dr. Brooks Edwards.

The campaign includes $3.8 million for the new building and $500,000 to invest in growing its programs and services for students and adult trainees.

The project is being funded by a grant from the Minnesota Legislature, along with contributions from the Otto Bremer Foundation, Mayo Clinic, and numerous other foundations, corporations and individual donors.

The Reading Center said in Thursday’s announcement that it hopes to move into its new 10,000-square-foot facility debt-free in mid to late 2019.

Cover: Rendering of the Reading Center’s expansion / media kit

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