OneHeart to transform former National American University campus
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The purchase of the former National American University campus on Kansas City Street for OneHeart has officially been completed. Rapid City Collective Impact (RCCI) is the organization behind OneHeart campus, which will provide transitional housing, addiction and mental health counseling, life skills, child care, job training and many more services to the community.
City staff and OneHeart leaders put pens to paper on Friday, officially finalizing the lease of the property, which includes the majority of the former college campus from the 100 to 300 block of Kansas City Street.
“It has been such an unbelievable honor and privilege to steward this work,” OneHeart Executive Director Charity Doyle said. “OneHeart has been such a long time coming, and we are thrilled it is actually happening. We’re one step closer to making Rapid City the most caring community of its size in the nation!”
Planning for the new site has been ongoing since 2017. The organization secured $16 million to complete the property acquisition and needed renovations in 2019, along with $5 million in Vision funds from the City of Rapid City.
A resolution approved by the Rapid City Council earlier this month authorized the City to purchase the property and then immediately execute a lease agreement with the OneHeart organization.
The campus will lie just to the east of Pennington County’s Care Campus and across the street from the county’s administration complex. RCCI says OneHeart will become a center for multiple human services agencies to provide support in one place.
OneHeart says it will honor the existing leases in the residential towers and office spaces at the property. After those leases expire, construction is slated to begin next year.