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Published November 02, 2010, 10:20 PM

Task force taking a look at the vacant Regional Treatment Center

Fergus Falls, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A new Task force put together in Fergus Falls is trying to figure out what to do with one of the largest and oldest vacant buildings in Otter Tail County. The Regional Treatment Center has been empty for more than 2-years. Time is running out to save it.

The city got a 7.1-million dollar grant from the state which runs out in 2013 and it needs to figure out what it's going to do with the building before that money runs out, and that's where the task force comes in.

The task force will help the city decide how to use that money towards demolishing part of the building, so it’s affordable for private buyers.

Mark Sievert: "You know this is kind of the time to fish or cut bait, they're ready to sell, and if things work out then we'll just keep moving forward."

The task force will focus on a plan to develop the Kirkbride building into a Veterans rehabilitation center.

Mark Sievert: "By having some people that have access to some resources, whether they're helping us find dollars elsewhere, or helping us get our foot in the door, it doesn't hurt to have additional people on board to support a project.”

The city and task force are looking to sell the building by December 15th. With that deadline approaching and state grant money set to expire, both hope to have a new veteran’s home going up by next year.