Historic Kirkbride in Fergus Falls to feature hotel, apartments, spa and restaurantsFergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - The future of the historic Kirkbride in Fergus Falls tonight has a solid direction, a $41 million direction.
Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - The future of the historic Kirkbride in Fergus Falls tonight has a solid direction, a $41 million direction.
The old regional treatment center will become a new hotel with apartments, a spa and several restaurants.
After years of entertaining ideas for the historic building, council members and residents heard the final two proposals this evening, one from Terrance Scholz, a developer from the Twin Cities.
Terrence Scholz, Developer: "That's when we started to move down the path of a Wellness Center that was more based on functional medicine than just a spa."
It was a plan that Maxine Schmidt, a 'Friends of the Kirkbride' member, was in favor of.
Maxine Schmidt, ‘Friends of the Kirkbride’: "Hearing about Mr. Scholz and the passion he has for this place and what he wants to do includes bringing good jobs into Fergus Falls and I think his can be complimentary to everything we now have."
But for many city councilors Scholz's plan wasn't detailed enough. What about funding and the overall price of the project. After a 30 minute closed door meeting, councilors unanimously agreed on who would redevelop the building 'The Historic Properties’.
Ben Schierer, City Councilor: "As much as I appreciate the proposal by Mr. Scholz I think that we have a developer that is ready to go. He is ready to save this building and get it done and I'm excited."
Tim Rundquist, City Councilor: "I would be thrilled to see the community get behind the effort that is about to proceed in the development of the Kirkbride and to make this once again a positive and just historic occurrence for this community."
The Historic Properties re-development includes a hotel, apartments, spa, gymnasium as well as four to six restaurants.
Developer, Ray Willey says the renovation will bring 190 permanent jobs to the area.
Details between the city and Historic Properties still need to be worked out - but the expected completion date of the renovation is December 2015.