Princeton hopes to rid itself of abandoned gas station eyesore

county gas stationBy JOEL STOTTRUP 
Princeton Union-Eagle

The Mille Lacs County board has approved the City of Princeton’s request to allow the city to investigate possible environmental hazards at a former gas station property at 903 9th Ave. N. in Princeton.

Princeton has been trying to acquire the property, which has an abandoned, and dilapidated gas station building. The city’s next planned step would be to demolish the structure, clear the lot and then sell the property to Habitat for Humanity, according to Princeton Community Development Director Carie Fuhrman.

Fuhrman told the county board at its March 5 meeting that the city is hoping to get the property from the county at little or no cost. The county gained custody of the property through tax forfeiture.

The money to demolish the structure and clean up the lot would come from the remaining funds in the $796,254 Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) grant that the city began using in the spring of 2009. The NSP grant was designed to help cities acquire foreclosed/abandoned and rundown properties and either rehab them for resale or tear them down. The city did just that to about a half dozen homes and a three-building apartment complex.

For the full story, see the Thursday, March 14 print edition of the Times.