It may be almost winter with snow in the forecast, but it is definitely "fall" time at Rochester's former Flamingo Bingo/Circus World/ Skateland building
Demo crews have been chewing away at the empty building at 2828 U.S. 52 North in the past week or two. With about half of the 42-year-old building already gone, it's definitely "game over" for the former entertaonment parlor.The Twin Cities-based Luther Automotive Group owns the building and it launched demolition plans in October, though the company has no immediate plans for the property.
"I'm simply taking it down because I just don't want to carry the building through the winter. The roof is compromised," said Linda McGinty, Luther's director of real estate and development, last month. "We just don't have a use for it. When we do develop this site, that was a building that we weren't planning on reusing."
The car dealer bought the 42-year-old building for $950,000 back on Jan. 17. Luther also owns Park Place Motors, Rochester's BMW dealership. Since Park Place is nearby, Luther theoretically could use the ex-bingo property to expand Park Place or possibly to introduce a new dealership into the market.
Flamingo Bingo, which raises money for the Rochester Senior Center, moved out of the 2828 building in April and into the Elks Lodge 1091 at 1652 U.S. 52 North in the Hillcrest Shopping Center.
It had operated in that building since 2007. Prior to the creation of Flamingo Bingo, it was the home of Circus World Bingo, which raised funds for Rochester's Catholic schools.