St. Paul Port Authority to purchase building designated as backup morgue
ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) - The St. Paul Port Authority’s board of commissioners approved the purchase of the warehouse Minnesota bought last year to serve as an overflow morgue during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The State of Minnesota purchased the former Bix Produce building on L’Orient Avenue in St. Paul for $5.5 million in May 2020. The building would have been capable of holding more than 5,000 bodies, but it was never needed.
The Port Authority plans to acquire the property for $5.65 million and close by Nov. 30.
After purchasing the building, the Port Authority has said it needs to determine job goals for the site and secure a buyer or partner who can deliver on economic development goals.