Mayor: Last Place on Earth building in terrible condition

By KBJR News 1

June 13, 2014 Updated Jun 13, 2014 at 6:57 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- The future of the Last Place on Earth building in downtown Duluth remains in limbo..but the controversial building may be on it's last leg.

Mayor Don Ness says the Last Place on Earth building on Superior Street is in "terrible condition"

Ness says he did a walk through with the U.S. Marshal's Office and there is a tree growing out of the roof, major water damage on the upper floors, rotting floors, and plaster falling off the walls.

The building was seized in a raid by the U.S. Marshal's Office late last year.

The decision on what to do with the building will be in the Marshal's hands after Last Place owner Jim Carlson Is sentenced on 51 charges related to synthetic drug sales.

The Marshal's Office has a couple options.. one, hand it over to local government that would have to use the building for a purpose associated with the reason why the Last Place was seized.

For example, the building would have to be used as a drug treatment center or for law enforcement presence.

The other option would be to sell the building to the highest bidder.

Mayor Ness says its hard to imagine the space being saved, especially with the cost it would take to remodel it.

"Because of their neglect of the building I think it would be extremely expensive to put that building to a new use, and likely the costs of doing that would far outweigh the value of the structure," says Duluth Mayor Don Ness.

Ness says more than likely the building will be handed over to private investors because the cost alone would prevent the city from taking over the building.

He says he would like to see the building put to a productive use.

The decision on what to do with the building won't be a quick one.

It could anywhere from one to two years or more before any final decision is made.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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