FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Officials in western Minnesota are seeking to demolish long-abandoned buildings that were once a state hospital.
Minnesota Public Radio reports that Fergus Falls leaders have asked the state Legislature for almost $9 million to demolish the Fergus Falls State Hospital.
The state had planned to demolish the hospital when it closed in 2005, but the city asked for the opportunity to preserve the historic site. The state gave the property to the city in 2007 and provided nearly $9 million for the project. Now, those funds are almost gone.
There have been 17 failed efforts to redevelop the 127-year-old campus.
City Council's plan would demolish most of the hospital and only leave the main administration building intact. The first phase of demolition will begin this month by removing some outbuildings and tunnels.
Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org
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