The city would pay $2.55 million for the old Wabasha Courtbuilding and its site at Sixth and Wabasha streets. The 54,000-sfbuilding has been largely vacant over the last several years, andwill likely be torn down to make way for new development. Theowners of the site, Sherman Rutzick and Rollie Stinski, havesigneda non-binding letter of intent to sell it.

"We are moving forward with deliberate speed," says BrianSweeney, the city's director of planning and economicdevelopment.

Sweeney calls it one of the more blighted properties near theCentral Business District – and one deserving of attention. Thatsection of Wabasha Street is near the Dayton's (soon to be calledMarshall Field's) department store and Lawson Commons, home toLawson Software. If the agreement does not produce a sale, cityofficials say they may pursue the site through condemnationproceedings.

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