Ceremony Marks Milestone in Dorothy Day Center Construction Project

May 24, 2018 06:27 PM

Those involved in the construction project at Dorothy Day Place in St. Paul celebrated a milestone in the process Thursday.

City leaders joined officials from Catholic Charities and the company building the new center, which is said to be the largest public-private partnership in state history, for a "Topping Off Ceremony."

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Such ceremonies are traditionally held when the last beam is placed at the top of the structure during construction.

The ceremony was held for the second phase of the project, the St. Paul Opportunity Center and Dorothy Day Residence.

According to a release, it will include services to prevent and end homelessness and offer an additional 177 permanent housing units.

Catholic Charities hopes to complete construction sometime in 2019.

As part of Thursday's ceremony, crews used a crane to lift a tree to the top of the building.

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