Marc Hanson, owner of Hanson Construction, purchased the Elks building a little over a year ago. He got interested in the project because of the original usage of the building, as well as its solid structure and location. “I was excited about the potential to make the space be active again,” Marc said. While he was excited about the project, he was still surprised by the number of people who were interested in leasing space. One business, The Shed, is already open on the main level. Fozzie’s restaurant will be opening on the second floor this summer. The last space on the main level is already leased, too. The basement will be completed later this summer and available for weddings, banquets, and events. The building has about 21,000 square feet, including the basement level.
The video shows the second floor, as of February 5. Several walls were removed to open up the space. The large glass block windows will all be replaced with new Marvin windows, providing a great view of beautiful downtown Thief River Falls for diners. The original hardwood and tile floors will be restored, keeping the charm and character of this grand old structure. An elevator will be added, providing easy access to the second floor and basement levels.
Marc feels it’s a great time to do a development in Thief River Falls. “With Digi-Key and Arctic Cat, the way they’re reinvesting into the community, I don’t think you can go wrong,” he said. We’re very happy with the way everything has gone and the speed of the project. Originally, he thought it would be a slow 3-5 year project. Instead, it will be completed in just a little over a year. “Things moved very fast,” he said. “We’re very pleased.” Marc provided a few words of encouragement to others who may be interested in making an investment in Thief River Falls. “If someone is interested in doing something in Thief River, touch base with the City leaders, Mark Borseth, the building inspector, Advance Thief River, Michelle Landsverk, to run your ideas past them.”
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