Posted at: 04/04/2013 12:57 PM
Updated at: 04/04/2013 10:45 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
"It's a wreck on the inside, but on the outside it is intact," says Mary Ann Heidemann about downtown Duluth's Carter Hotel.
Heidemann is the Minnesota Historic Preservation Office's manager of Government Programs and Compliance, and she toured the vacant building on Tuesday. She said it is a wreck on the inside because it does not have much of a roof.
The building is owned by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. They have proposed tearing the building down, and adding the land to their trust. To help move that process along, Tribal Chairwoman Karen Diver told Eyewitness News the they hired a contractor to remove contaminants like asbestos, mercury and lead paint from the building in the spring on 2012.
According to Diver, a temporary roof was then installed, including plywood and tarps. However, she said it wasn't able to stand up to heavy rains and flooding last June.
In February, Duluth City Attorney Gunnar Johnson told Eyewitness News the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs wants the city to enter into an agreement that would allow the structure to be demolished.
According to Johnson, Minnesota's Historic Preservation Office has said that demolition would have an adverse effect on the city's historic district.