Going, Going, Sold! Endion Train Depot has Tentative New Owners

By KBJR News 1

October 5, 2012 Updated Oct 5, 2012 at 7:19 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -The Historic Endion Train Depot in Duluth's Canal Park has tentative new owners.

Duluth businessmen Rod Raymond and Tim Nelson were the winning bidders during Friday's anticipated auction of the building. Their bid was $300,000, $100,000 more than the starting price.

Officials say the bid is well below the value of the building that sits next door to the Canal Park Lodge, right off the Lakewalk.

The owners of Tycoons and The Brewhouse at Fitgers outbid several others hoping to transform the century old train station. Raymond hopes to create a destination mixing fitness and fun while celebrating the area's culture.

"Visualize this," said Raymond. "It's July 15th. You come. You meet a group, go for a run/walk, maybe yoga on the grass. You come back and have baked goods, perhaps, a smoothie and a cup of coffee. Take off come back later that night. Music out there, people are sucking down a craft ale and watching the moon."

Friday's bid doesn't mean this is a done deal. Raymond and Nelson will have to present their plans to the City Council for approval.

If all goes well, the Train Depot could be theirs in 60 to 75 days.

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