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Dentist may purchase open lot on Third Street

For the better part of two decades, downtown Farmington's McVicker lot -- that space between the Farmington Steak House and Gossips -- has been for sale. There have been a few potential buyers for the lot, but over the years, those deals all fell through, and the lot still sits empty.

But this time, it seems like the project will go ahead.

Dr. Linden Dungy, owner of Immanuel Dental is interested in purchasing the open lot. He proposes to build a 3,000-square-foot building that would allow him to increase the size of his office space from three to six chairs.

The project is moving along, though the Farmington Economic Development Authority has a few technical issues to work out in regards to the sale of the land.

Originally, the property was tax forfeited. The former Farmington Housing and Redevelopment Authority purchased the property and began to market it for redevelopment. But the property has been vacant so long, rules that affect the way it has to be sold have changed. Not to mention, the HRA is now the EDA, and there are a few stipulations that go along with those distinctions, too.

"We have somebody interested and we want to make sure we don't do anything to distract from that," said Farmington city administrator Peter Herlofsky.

That's why the EDA will have a short meeting Monday, to straighten out some of the title issues regarding the McVicker lot sale. It's going to be a short meeting, Herlofsky said -- only about 15 minutes long -- but it should clear up some of the issues that have come up in the property's sale.

"It's a local business person who is reinvesting in downtown, so we're excited to see it going ahead," Herlofsky said.

The special EDA meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., at Farmington City Hall. It will be followed by a 6 p.m. budget workshop for the Farmington City Council. The EDA meeting and the workshop are open to the public.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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