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Bringing Old Building Back to Life

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Downtown Minot's transformation continues...

A drive downtown shows the new buildings already open -- like Artspace -- and many others in the works.

There is another project that is about ready to wrap up that is bringing life back into a building that has stood downtown for nearly a century.

Perry Olson has more on that today.

This is the old Aultman-Taylor Tractor Company building in downtown Minot. Built in 1919, it has stood on 1st Street just north of the railroad tracks for nearly a decade...and it is about to see some action once again...

(Chad Thompson - Investor) "A lot of history to the building and it is built very well..."

Yes, this well built building will soon be full of tenants...21 one-bedroom apartment units are slated to open here in less than two weeks. Finishing work is being wrapped up...but that work isn't totally changing the look of the building...keeping the historic feel was a big goal.

(Chad Thompson - Investor) "We wanted to restore the building and keep it as original as we could so you see the exposed brick and tile, the roof joists, or floor joists and the old floors. Using a lot of the materials that were in here originally."

And you'll also see this logo a time or two here -- a starving rooster. A starving rooster?

(Chad Thompson - Investor) "Altman Taylor Tractor Company manufactured headers and one of their logos was a starving rooster...the claim was that their headers picked up all the grain so the birds didn't have anything to eat. Throughout the building, inside and outside, this logo will be sprinkled just to carry forward the history of what has been here."

It is also the working name for a restaurant that will be found here in the loading dock area. Plans for that are still being put together...but the apartments will be ready to go this month. In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.

IMM of Minot is managing the apartments -- if you are interested, that is the call to make.

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