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New Doctor of Physical Therapy Program to be Housed in Thompson Hall

Building Formerly Named Moenkemoeller Hall

Concordia University, St. Paul’s plans to renovate and convert the former Moenkemoeller Hall from a residential building to an academic home for its Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program, has been approved by the St. Paul Planning Commission. In addition, the building will be renamed Thompson Hall.

The building’s change from residential to academic use required Concordia to apply for a conditional use permit due to the expansion of its campus boundaries. In addition to the Planning Commission’s approval, the Union Park District Council’s Land Use Committee also gave its support for the project.

“This is a good way to get an older building back in use,” said Concordia University Senior Vice President Eric LaMott. “Most neighbors prefer that we reuse the building for academics and not return it to student housing.”

To accommodate the DPT program, Concordia will renovate the interior of the former three-story apartment building into classrooms and offices. Other planned improvements include a new entrance on Syndicate Street, a new roof and paving of the existing parking lot behind the building. The renovations are being funded by donations from generous donors.

Purchased by Concordia in 1961, Moenkemoeller Hall (corner of Marshall Ave. and Syndicate Street) was originally used for women’s housing and married student housing. The building has sat vacant since the opening of Holst Hall, which provided Concordia more on-campus housing. It was named in memory of Professor William Moenkemoeller, who taught languages, history and religion for 28 years at Concordia.

Concordia’s DPT program is still in pre-approval status. Candidacy application will be submitted to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) on December 1, 2013. The anticipated application deadline for the Fall 2014 inaugural class is March 1, 2014. The program will be limited to about 30 students per year.

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