Shore Developing in Two Harbors

By KBJR News 1

September 21, 2010 Updated Sep 21, 2010 at 10:54 PM CDT

TWO HARBORS, Minn. - Dormant city lakefront property along Agate Bay in Two Harbors may soon see development.

The roof leaks creating cave-like formations, the floors grow moss and hoof prints prove Mother Nature has taken over.

The only sign of human activity in decades is graffiti, broken windows and trash, but...

"The site has a lot of potential," said Rich Sve, Lake County Commissioner.

The only objects standing in the way of selling the land isthe J.J. Castings buildings.

The city and county so far agree on plans to demolish them.

"It is a beautiful building but, I think practically it would have to come down and we have 22 acres here that would be available for any type of development," said Sve.

It's property the city considers prime for business.

"It has access to rail, the utilities are available as far as natural gas, electricity and sewer, and it has access to the water. It actually has waterfront property, too, so we really think this is a choice piece of property in Lake County," Brad Jones, Lake County Commissioner.

The city and county are in the application process for federal funding to get the demolition rolling, but say there will still be local city and county tax dollars involved.

The development doesn't stop at the 22 acres the buildings sit on, it continues all the way down the shore, where they are building a marina as well to bring in more money to the economy.

The city hopes the development will bring in more tourists and businesses.

"That would really just compliment our whole waterfront and we think we'll have a mix of tourism and industry here and hopefully revitalize Two Harbors and increase our tax base," said Jones.

A shoreline reinvestment project which city and county officials both hope that tax dollars in, means more money out.

The commissioners say the plans have met no opposition.

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