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Vacant building to be auctioned

FARGO -- A large property in a high-profile area of downtown Fargo, a portion of which has sat vacant for years, is going on the auction block in August.

Built in the early 1890s, the property involves a structure that occupies the southwest corner of First Avenue North and Broadway and houses several businesses.

Bill Berg, who runs an auction service in the Hendrum, Minn., area, and is part of a team that is marketing the property, said selling a large building at a prime downtown street corner in the largest city in North Dakota makes the auction one of the most unusual he has handled in 31 years in the business.

Owner Nachhattar Gill said his decision to sell was due in part to the number of inquiries he has received from would-be buyers. He said an auction was the best way to give all of them an equal shot.