Chisholm City Hall may soon become a movie studio.
A deal is in the works to sell the 100-year-old building to Minneapolis-based Ironbound Studios, and then the city would move its offices to a building that better meets its needs, FOX 21 reported.
“We’re just looking forward to the possibility of having a new building. This is all really a neat project and we’re excited about it, if it does come to fruition. I think it would probably be the only northeastern Minnesota movie studio,” Mayor Mike Jugovich told the Duluth News Tribune.
Jerry Seppala, who founded Ironbound Studios, has wanted to open a filmmaking studio and soundstage on the Iron Range, Twin Cities Business reported, noting it would address a current need, MPR News said.
In October 2014, he expressed interest in purchasing the city hall building, which wasn't on the market, the Hibbing Daily Tribune said, with the purchase price being around $2.5 million.
And for the past several months the city has been considering a lease-to-buy deal, which would give the city government time to move out of the building, the Duluth News Tribune says. And those plans could be finalized by the end of the year, Jugovich told the paper.
This summer, city officials have been weighing their options for the new city hall building, noting they may build a new building that would have space for the police and fire departments, as well as public works, the Hibbing Daily Tribune reported.
"The ability to sell this building, and the fire and police department at the same time, would allow us to have fewer buildings and more efficient buildings," Jugovich told FOX 21 earlier this year.
If the purchase goes through, construction on a new city hall building could being next year, the Duluth News Tribune says.