Razing the motel

Crews raze the Tee Pee Motel Monday.

A lot off Highway 53 where the Tee Pee Motel stands will soon be vacant, as crews work to raze the structure Monday.

The structure, at 1501 Second Ave., was damaged in a September 2017 fire and has been labeled a local eye sore since the blaze. Jerry, Jared and Jace Baldwin of Northern Borders Investments LLC, purchased the Tee Pee Motel property in November and demolished a portion of the building in March.

The agreement between Northern Borders and the city of International Falls says, Northern Borders will pay the city $50 per truck load of demolition, estimated to total about $10,000. The city will also assist with “out of pocket” costs of less than or comparable to $10,000.

During a May 20 council meeting, the council was informed the Baldwins had submitted all paperwork the city has asked for.

A discussion about the proposal noted the city’s building demolition policy, adopted in 2002, needs to be updated, but agreed that the Tee Pee request must be considered under the current proposal.

City Attorney Steve Shermoen recommended May 20 approval of the proposal by the council, adding that the Baldwins have been patient and the landfill soil should be nearly ready for use.

“I don’t want to be in court defending the city if this is not approved,” he urged.

The Baldwins have previously indicated to The Journal projects for the property are in the works, but have not disclosed details yet.

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