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Land near fairgrounds to be put up for sale in April

By next summer, the site of the old white cattle barns along 3rd Ave. SE could be under the ownership of a new developer.

Perham city councilors voted Monday to move ahead with advertising the sale of the land.

Bids will open on the 1.14-acre parcel at 2 p.m. April 3, and, with council approval, the highest bidder would take possession of the property within 45 days after that.

A minimum bid has been set for $150,000, with $5,000 in earnest money required.

After many years of using the land for their cattle barns, the East Otter Tail County Fair Board is vacating the lot. A new cattle barn is being constructed in a different location on the fairgrounds.

Certain covenants have been put on the property to ensure that any development is appropriate for that area of town (it's near the schools, fairgrounds, baseball field and community center). Though it's zoned Highway Commercial, this particular parcel may not be used for the sale of tobacco or body art (including tattoos, piercings and permanent make-up), and it may not be the site of a meat processing or slaughtering facility.

Excessive emissions of odors, dust, fumes, smoke, noise, glare, liquid waste or vibrations are also prohibited.

A purchase agreement drafted by city leaders also stipulates that the buyer must demolish and remove the buildings on the far west and south sides of the lot, at his or her own expense. If the land is ever to be resold, the city is to get first dibs.