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Realtor buys railroad depot

Published 11:15am Thursday, October 18, 2012

The long-vacant railroad depot in Fergus Falls soon will come back to life.

Fergus Falls ReMax owner and local Realtor Bruce Fuhrman said he recently purchased the three-acre property at the intersection of Hampden Avenue and Cascade Street in Fergus Falls, just north of the public library and along a railroad line currently used by Otter Tail Valley Railroad. The property had been owned by Chris McConn for about eight years, but the building has sat vacant for some time.

Fuhrman said he plans on doing renovations such as replacing the roof and windows, tuckpointing the brick on the outer part of the building, and getting the electrical system in working order. While he acknowledged that the building did have water in its basement, it was built with a foundation and sump pump system designed to handle the high water table at its location.

He also said he plans to restore the building to as close to its original design as is financially feasible.

“I’ve always had a soft spot for older buildings,” said Fuhrman, whose ReMax office in downtown Fergus Falls was one of the original buildings later restored by former Realtor Don Luhman. “(The depot) has a lot of character, and we would like to retain the integrity of it.”

He said he was not ready to disclose potential tenants or buyers.

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