Madelia, Minn. unveils plan for new downtown after fire

Renderings courtesy of Madelia Strong, Inc. 

Several months after a devastating fire destroyed nearly 10 downtown businesses, the town of Madelia, Minn. unveiled its plans to rebuild the affected portion of Main Street and move the businesses back to their original locations.

On Feb. 3, Floral and Gift, a Culligan store, sewing business, grocery store, dental office, insurance company, and hair salon on Main Street all caught fire. The buildings were all connected.

All of the property owners are committed to rebuilding the street, according to a statement from Madelia Strong, a nonprofit formed in the wake of the fire to help those affected by the disaster. The property owners have been working with architects and engineers to design new buildings. Construction is expected to begin in June.

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All of the affected businesses except for one are operating out of temporary locations, but officials hope some will be back in their Main Street locations by the end of the year.

The town has already received more than $400,000 worth of donations to help the community recover from the fire. The total losses sustained in the fire have yet to be determined, but officials believe costs will exceed the insurance coverage and donations received.

How to help

Donations can be mailed to: 
Madelia Strong, Inc.
PO Box 100
Madelia, MN 56062