Groups Propose Ideas for Old Rush City Liquor Store
A pair of groups made their pitch to take over the old Rush City liquor store building at Monday’s city council meeting. The building is now vacant since the liquor store opened its new facility this summer.
Channa Tastsides and Troy Lerch are the owners of the Firefly Bistro and Coffee House in Rush City. They, along with Dan Carlson who owns the Lakeview Supper Club in Pine City, proposed turning the building into a ballroom, which could hold up to 300 guests.
Tastsides’ group offered to pay a dollar for the building. She says they received estimates that demolishing the building will cost roughly $100,000, but would only cost $35,000-$40,000 to remodel the building.
Tastsides admitted the group “doesn’t have the funds to buy it,” but said they will save the city funds from demolishing the building and will get property taxes in return.
The North Chisago Historical Society also asked the council for ownership of the building. They said they would use it as a home for their organization. Daryl Johnson and Carl Heinrich say having a facility like the old liquor store for the NCHS will help bring tourism to the area.
The city council agreed to move forward with getting cost estimates for asbestos removal and demolition, to see what is the best financial decision. They are also advertising for other redevelopment proposals for other groups or individuals who are interested in the property.