One of four Ridgeway apartment buildings has been advised to vacate


Residents of 2830 Ridgeway Avenue received notice to leave within 30 days last Friday

Rental inspector Ben Hein told the Bemidji town council meeting on Monday that the situation in the building had deteriorated to an “immediate and life-threatening” point.

Broken locks, doors, windows, railings and other signs of disrepair are among the building’s many problems.

“Everyone needs a safe place to live and grow,” Hein said in a statement to the council.

Six families will be relocated, but the council expressed hope that the community would rally behind those families who are enduring such hardship.

In other council business, three outdoor dining permits were unanimously approved after public hearings.

It’s among new changes to the ordinance allowing seasonal outdoor dining and alcohol service in public parking lots separated by approved barricades.

Bar 209 will have three parking spaces, one less than the four requested, but permits for Keg N Cork and That Alien Pizza Place have been approved without change.

Submission requests were approved for a project at Paul Bunyan Plaza this summer by a 4-3 vote.

Council members who objected, Audrey Thayer of Ward 1, Emelie Rivera of Ward 4 and Dan Jourdain in general, expressed concerns about costs in a time of uncertainty with a possible remodeling of City Hall in the horizon.

The project will be funded from three sources on a pro rata basis: liquor store reserves, undesignated general fund reserves, and US bailout dollars.


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