Developers eye historic Minn. mental institution for destination spa

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Two development groups are teaming up to breathe new life into a former state hospital for the mentally ill in Fergus Falls, Forum Communications reports.

“If we hadn’t found these developers, we were preparing to act, probably the first meeting in June, to approve plans and specifications (for demolition),” City Administrator Mark Sievert told the newspaper.

The regional treatment complex was built in the late 1890s. The city of Fergus Falls has been looking for ways to preserve what is known as the Kirkbride building since it took over the property in 2007.

One recent idea from the Colonnade Design Group in the Twin Cities suggests a luxury hotel and destination spa, according to the Fergus Falls Journal.

Historic Properties, a private real estate developer based in Norcross, Ga., has also proposed a historic hotel, restaurants, apartments and other amenities.

Both developers have agreed to work together to create a master plan for the site.

Click here to learn more about the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center.

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