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Wanna own a skyway?


An out-of-commission skyway from downtown Minneapolis is on the market. As a matter of fact, you can have it for free – and you'll even get help paying to relocate it.

A Minneapolis architecture firm, CityDeskStudio, purchased the old skyway nearly 10 years ago, after it was removed from service, and has been coming up with ideas for what a client could do with it ever since.

But nobody has come forward to buy it – not when it was listed for sale in 2009 for $79,500, not when its price went down to $49,500 a year later.

Now, they're trying again, as the Star Tribune reports. This time, they're even willing to give the new owner $5,000 toward the cost of moving it away.

The skyway was built in the late 1970s and designed by Minneapolis architect Ed Baker.

It once connected the former Powers and JC Penney department stores over S. 5th Street, but was taken down when the Hiawatha light-rail line was built, according to the Star Tribune.

CityDeskStudio bought the structure in 2006 and its designers have come up with a variety of possible uses for it – as a cabin, a spa, a yoga or art studio, even a vendor at the State Fair.

There have been several nibbles from prospective buyers over the years, but nobody has closed the deal. So now the firm is trying to give the skyway away, primarily to save it from demolition.

One of the main issues is the sheer size of the thing, and the cost of relocating it.

The 80-foot long section of skyway weighs about 280,000 pounds and has a 12-inch thick concrete floor – a structure that was built to span a downtown street isn't very easy to move, the Star Tribune notes.

Bob Ganser, one of the architects at CityDeskStudio, told the Star Tribune the firm can't wait too much longer before deciding the fate of the skyway. If it's not claimed soon, he says, it will be demolished and sold for scrap.

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