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Last year this commercial block on Atlantic Avenue in Atwater had deep craters and debris from three businesses that were destroyed by arson. Now the block features green grass, new utilities, a rebuilt street and lots that are ready for building. (Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange)

Fire-ravaged site in Atwater, Minn.'s business district primed for development


ATWATER -- The nightmarish rubble and gaping hole from a devastating fire that struck Atwater's business district in February of 2011 has been filled in, fixed up and the area is now ready for new construction.

Topped with a spring growth of new grass, the three vacant lots on Atlantic Avenue have new utilities and a newly graded and paved street.

"It's site ready for anybody to put a single-story building on it," said Jim Solheid, Atwater's building inspector.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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