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November 09, 2012

City to demolish ex-halal market

With an expectation that the land will eventually be sold to the University of Minnesota Rochester, the City of Rochester is demolishing a small 62-year-old building that last housed a halal meat market.

HalalmarketA demolition permit was filed this week for the 3,000-square-foot brick building at 114 Sixth St. S.W. The City of Rochester bought the empty building from Ahmednur Ahmed in August for $245,000.

"We bought it with the intention that we'd take it down and eventually sell it to the University of Minnesota for their future campus," says Doug Knott, the city’s downtown development director.

That's the same scenerio that saw the City of Rochester buy the ex-KTTC building at at 609 First Ave. S.W plus an adjacent one. Those buildings, which were between the YMCA and the halal market, have since been demolished.

The halal market is now being prepared for demolition. Once it is torn down, the site will be filled in with soil and planted with grass, says Knott.

Then, like the other two empty lots, will await UMR's eventual purchase.


Ran across this, thought it may be worth looking in to:

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