Firm still showing interestPublished 10:24am Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Management of a West Virginia Kirkbride building has continued to show interest in the Fergus Falls facility. Recently, two representatives visited the local building and submitted a brief letter of intent expressing interest in presenting a proposal to the city.
As of now, management of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is the only party with any interest in purchasing the building with the intent to preserve the entire facility, said city administrator Mark Sievert.
Formerly known as the Weston State Hospital, the West Virginia Kirkbride building was purchased from the state by a private owner and repurposed into a tourist attraction and event venue. The facility opened to tourists and customers in 2008 under its original, less politically correct name.
Attractions at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum include concerts, heritage tours, haunted houses and ghost tours. Much of the money generated through these attractions goes back into the preservation of the facility.
Sievert has asked the representatives to put together a proposal for consideration as soon as possible but noted it is important for them to take enough time necessary to use due diligence and justify requests.
If and when a proposal has been submitted, it will be brought before the city council for consideration.