October 2009 Archives

Waite Park Voice, Nov/Dec 2009 Issue

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WPVoice-NovDec2009-Thumb.pngIn This Issue:

  • Harriss Architects Plans for Property Remodeling
  • NE Library "Renovation Kickoff" & Closing
  • Crime Prevention Tips for Discouraging Theft/Burglary
  • Election Details for Nov. 3rd, Minneapolis Offices/Issues
  • Photo Documenting of Waite Park, Partnership with OverExposure
  • Parks & Rec, Community Ed, NE School Events & More...

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Architect hopes to give new life to funeral home property

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A vacant mortuary that's been on the brink of foreclosure for more than a year is now getting a new life as an office and community space.

Architect John Harriss owns the property at 3207 Central Ave. NE. His firm was originally hired to design a condo project at the site.

When sales got off to a slow start, Harriss and a business partner bought the property from the initial developers in 2006 with hopes of improving sales. The condos ultimately failed, and the property has been in financial limbo since 2007.
 
A green, thrifty renovation is now underway to convert the funeral home into a multi-tenant office building, with Harriss' own architecture firm serving as the anchor tenant.
 
"We saw an opportunity to take a building that was destined for the landfill and reuse it," Harriss said.


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