Contract awarded to raze historic Crookston hotelCROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — A historic hotel in downtown Crookston could start coming down next week.
CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — A historic hotel in downtown Crookston could start coming down next week.
Polk County commissioners on Tuesday signed a $340,000 contract with Industrial Builders of Fargo, N.D., to demolish the Wayne Hotel.
Formerly the Palace Hotel, the 119-year-old structure was turned into rental apartments in the 1970s. The three-story brick building has been empty for the last 10 years and has been on a list of Minnesota's "10 Most Endangered Historic Places."
A local preservation group, the Prairie Skyline Foundation, has tried to save the building.
Last week, Prairie Skyline and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota sought a temporary restraining order. The Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald reports that after the request was denied in district court, the organizations' attorney notified the county that they wouldn't appeal the decision.