Twin City Gardens nursing home closing due to ‘significant structural deficiencies’

Twin City Gardens nursing home in Minneapolis will soon close due to what the state is calling "significant structural deficiencies."

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) took over control of the nursing home on Oct. 23, 2021, after receiving several complaints to ensure residents’ safety. MDH said it determined the building needs capital repairs that the state, by law, can’t complete, so the home is being closed.

"With a leaking roof, mold and other extensive repairs needed to the building, the best and safest option at this point is to move residents to new homes," MDH Health Regulation Division Director Martha Burton Santibáñez said in a statement. "We try to avoid facility closure during receivership situations, but the condition of the building limited our options."

On top of a roof replacement and addressing mold in the ceiling, MDH said extensive carpet repair or replacement was needed, as some spots were being held together with duct tape.

MDH says the goal is to close Twin City Gardens in 60 days but the exact timeline will depend on how long it takes for all residents to find suitable new homes. The department added that residents, staff and families were notified of the decision to close the home on Wednesday, and the state and county will work to find the residents new homes.

Twin City Gardens has 28 residents and 53 employees, according to MDH.