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County accepts land donated near Shashi Station building

Plot of land to be used for drop-in center garden

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday morning officially accepted the gift of some land adjacent to Shashi Station at 1610 Collins St.

Shashi Station, which was the former Webster City Medical Clinic, was donated to the county by Van Diest Medical Center with the intent of creating a mental health services campus.

The gift of the adjoining land was given to the county by Dr. Subhash Sahai and his family, according to Doug Bailey, board chairman.

“This was a piece of property Webster City Medical Clinic Corporation still owned in the northeast corner at the east entrance to the clinic,” he said. “Dr. Subhash and his family indicated they wished to donate that as a gift to be utilized at Shashi Station.”

Bailey said that the land will be used to establish a vegetable garden to be used by the Central Iowa Recovery drop-in center, The Roundhouse. Bailey said Tim Bedford, CIR Executive Director, planned to use the garden as place where Roundhouse participants can work and learn.

“We had looked at other potential areas around there, but that spot really does work out well,” Bailey said.

In a related matter, Bailey announced that remodeling is now finished at the Roundhouse and the CIR administration offices, also located in the building. The board approved the final statement of completion for the remodeling of the facility at Tuesday’s meeting.

“They are having kind of a soft opening out there. They’re in the third week of operation,” Bailey said. The CIR team has moved into the new office space and there have been a handful of people utilize the drop-in center.

Shashi Station also is home to the local Upper Des Moines Opportunity office, HeadStart and Hamilton County Public Health.

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