Turn This Former Minnesota Air Force Base Into Your Own Town
Have you ever wanted to be the mayor of your town? Have you ever wanted to *own* your own town?
This could be your chance to do both. There is a former Air Force radar base in Finland, Minnesota in the Arrowhead Region on the market that is about the size of a very small town.
According to the listing, the property seems to be almost turn-key. There are several existing structures. Sewer, water, power, internet, sidewalks, and streets are also in place. All of that sits on 101 acres of land located on Lookout Mountain that offers panoramic views and a trail system.
The listing says that some homes are potentially salvageable and some have newer roofs on them. However, Uncle Sam removed all the buildings that contained the fun stuff like radar and weapon systems. Concrete slabs are all that remain.
The Finland Air Force Station was manned by the 756th AC&W Squadron and became operational in November of 1951. It was deactivated in August of 1980.
The Twin Cities Pioneer Press says a family from the Twin Cities bought the property in 1983 with the intention of turning the site into an affordable housing development. The family owned the property for about 20 years pouring about $1 million into the project and then walked away.
Now the former base is on the market for $800,000. That seems like a good deal for all that land and the existing infrastructure and homes. Like the listing says, "somebody can bring their ideas, imagination, and creativity to create something special."
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