Hillsboro mayor: New commercial structure could replace old Banner building downtown

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Posted: Friday, June 26, 2020 6:16 am | Updated: 7:23 am, Fri Jun 26, 2020.

Downtown Hillsboro could be adding a new commercial building at the site of the former Hillsboro Banner office building at 20 W. Caledonia Ave.

Hillsboro City Commission President Terry Sando asked the Hillsboro Economic Development Corp. on Monday for an $8,000 grant to cover a portion of the demolition costs to tear down the old Banner building, which dates back to the late 1800s.

The full cost for the demolition could reach $35,000, but $8,000 is needed for asbestos removal inside the building, Sando told HEDC board members.

Sando said once the structure is torn down, a new building will be constructed at the same location and extend into the vacant lot next door at the corner of Caledonia Avenue and First Street Northwest.

“The Banner building would be torn down and a building would be put up on both lots,” Sando said. 

“There is an interest to do it as fast as possible.”

Sando did not disclose what type of building was under consideration at the site.

Garrett Tvinnereim, a Hillsboro native who lives in the Twin Cities, owns the former Banner building as well as the adjacent vacant lot.

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