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November 18, 2013

N. Mankato to buy, tear down house

NORTH MANKATO — The city will buy the property at 710 Range Street with federal money, demolish the house and work with a nonprofit to build one or two new houses there, the City Council decided Monday.

The city’s original plan for the money was to buy and move a house at 238 Nicollet Avenue, then replace it with a parking lot. But the city is facing deadlines that make it difficult to move a house, a time-consuming process.

Another opportunity presented itself when the owner of 710 Range Street asked the city to buy the property, which is located next to a lot previously purchased with these funds. It would cost an estimated $80,000 to buy and demolish that house, compared to about $95,000 to buy and move the Nicollet Avenue house.

The owner of 238 Nicollet Avenue, Doug Schaller, told the council he supported the change in plans because of those deadlines.

Mayor Mark Dehen said the city could consider buying and moving the 238 Nicollet Avenue house at a later date.

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