A farm elevator that has stood in the heart of Minot for over a century is coming down.
It’s a building that went up early in the 20th century and began as a flour mill before an elevator for storing grain was added.
Heavy equipment began picking apart the old Minot Flour Mill complex this morning.
The building was acquired by the city with federal funds as part of the process of clearing the way for flood control.
It’s on the eastern edge of the 4th Avenue flood wall project that’s being constructed over the next few years so it had to be demolished.
The supervisor of the demolition says there’s much more to do beyond simply knocking the structure down.
(Justin Carroll, Dig It Up Supervisor) “We separate everything. All the recyclables go to the recycling center. All the concrete goes and gets recycled. All the inert trash goes to the landfill. We’ll backfill everything, get it all done, grass seeded, whatever the city wants to do and be all done.”
Carroll says the demolition will be finished by the end of the day tomorrow – but it will take two-to-three weeks to completely clean up the site.
It’s being removed because it sits right at the eastern edge of Phase One of the flood protection project – a flood wall that will stretch from Third Street- all the way west to Broadway when it’s finished in a few years.