Elk River demolishes two downtown buildings

Two buildings in downtown Elk River were demolished this week. The Elk River Housing and Redevelopment Authority bought the buildings at 716 and 720 Main Street in 2006 intending to eventually demolish them for parking. They were razed now after engineering concerns surfaced about the stability of the roof of 720 Main. The demolition was done by Veit and Co., which was the low bidder on the project at $59,600.

The demolition site on Thursday morning, Jan. 5.
Equipment ripped into the front of the former Arts Alliance headquarters at 716 Main on Thursday morning, Jan. 5.


Two men cleaned debris off the sidewalk in front of 720 Main St.
Heavy equipment worked at the site Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 4. Elk River Meats is the edge of the building on the left.





A view of the former Arts Alliance building at 716 Main St.
Most of 720 Main and part of 716 Main were demolished by Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 4. (Photos by Joni Astrup)