Council approves contract to move Spam Museum

Published 10:03 am Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Spam Museum move downtown is official.

The Austin City Council approved a contract to officially move the Spam Museum downtown.

The agreement stipulates several contingencies each side must complete. The port authority agrees to raze and remove the existing structures on the former downtown fire site property between Second and Fourth Avenues on the east side of Main Street, remove hazardous material and backfill the land with the exception of one or two lots, which still has footings from previous businesses.

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The city of Austin agreed to reopen Third Avenue Northeast as well as provide bus and RV parking to the east of the Spam Museum’s proposed location. The council also approved an grant application request to seek funds from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to help open Third Avenue Northeast in that area, which could cost about $537K.