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Minneapolis is selling this old fire station – but you can't tear it down

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The City of Minneapolis wants redevelopment ideas for a former fire station that was built in 1940 – but it can't be torn down.

The city is asking for proposals that would keep the building's historic nature, but repurpose it into something to add to the neighborhood – like small-scale retail, commercial or office space.

The two-story fire station is valued at $230,000.

The 33rd Avenue North fire station No. 14 was in operation from 1940 until 2006, when the city opened a new station on Lowry Avenue North.

The Star Tribune notes the fire station is located in the Folwell neighborhood – one of the "most economically depressed segments" of Minneapolis.

Redevelopment proposals for the 0.38-acre property must be submitted by Feb. 26. The city council is expected to pick a plan in April.

Many of the city's former fire stations have been torn down, according to the Extra Alarm Association of the Twin Cities.

This is the latest unique site in the city that's up for redevelopment. Earlier this month, Hennepin County auctioned off an old grain elevator, which a developer hopes to turn into apartments.

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