City leaders seek input for bank building

Freeborn Bank Building

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ALBERT LEA, Minn. — It has been sitting empty for more than a decade, but those who live in Albert Lea want to see a historic building filled up once again.

Those who made the trip to Tuesday night’s meeting got a tour before listening to ideas on how to fill the historic Freeborn Bank Building and Jacobson Apartments downtown.

The city has held several other focus groups, so they are taking what they learned from those meetings and Tuesday’s meeting with the general public so they can create a plan to move forward.

“After this phase here we’re going to be collecting the data, we’re going to be preparing a report for ultimately the council to consider and it’s our goal to send out or distribute a request for qualification or request for proposal to potential developers,” said Albert Lea City Engineer Chad Adams.

The city plans to release that information to the public after it is put together. He said that could be in a week or two.

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