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1000 Washington Ave South

Clean, visible commercial site ideal for your project

Best of the North

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  • Only a block south of the Lueken’s South grocery store and the First National Bank south branch on the west side of MN 197 South, at the intersection with Rako Street.
  • Very high traffic count and increasing. Highway #197 is the major artery through town and the section from Lueken’s grocery and south was recently upgraded to a five lane road (two travel lanes each direction and a center turn lane). MnDot did this project because of anticipated Bemidji traffic patterns to and from the US #2 bypass.
  • Today the south end of Bemidji along #197 is a “transition area”, currently a combination of small businesses and older residential homes gradually disappearing and being replaced with new businesses. We believe the improved highway will accelerate this changeover as an emerging growth area.
  • South Bemidji’s new look is already underway. Consider the following: The huge Sanford Event Center built on the south Lake Bemidji shore, an upscale Doubletree Hotel now open on the lake, a new Country Suite Hotel and Cowboy Jack’s Restaurant attached to the event center, a 30 townhome development now selling east of Sanford by the lake, and a new $4 million Minnesota Public TV facility adjacent to the south. That’s only the expansion around Sanford.
  • Just up #197 at 1st Street South is an “island” four acre site (former MnDot headquarters), purchased and cleared by the city for commercial development. The site is now available, is likely to be a larger project, and it is reported that the city has received an offer on the property for a new 70 unit extended stay hotel.
  • Slightly further south on #197 is the entrance to the busy industrial park and transfer station. A huge new Minnesota Limited complex is set to begin construction off Carr Lake Road in the park. Additionally, a new commercial plat behind Southside Restaurant at the bypass with a large Kenworth truck sales and service facility and Nortrax (John Deere parts) both already committed, the continually expanding Irvingboro residential project just to the west on Lake Irving, another new residential plat south of Horace May School, big church additions along #197 at Evangelical Free and Calvary Lutheran. All together these developments and commercial growth indicate that this highly visible frontage location will be a good place for business in the coming years.
  • Less competition here! The northwest (big box store/mall side) of town has high traffic and lots of people, but it also has a substantial level of business competition. Sometimes it makes sense to set a business apart, and this location can do it!


  • 75’ Hwy. #197 frontage. Great traffic visibility. 330’ extra deep lot (about 25,000 sq. ft.). Level terrain, a few mature oak trees to rear. Center turn lane off highway provides good access.
  • Zoned B2 (general business). Beltrami County parcel #R.80.04229.00. 2015 real estate taxes are $908.00. Assessments are paid.
  • Former small older home demolished to prepare for new commercial use. Entry off Hwy. 197 remains from home. Adjacent north neighbor is office building.
  • Sewer/water utilities:
    • Water: 1” line off street main still in place from former home. Larger capacity line possible from several directions.
    • City sewer cuts across approximate middle of lot to a manhole on the property (also serves neighbor). Can be modified as needed.
  • Lot can be combined with adjacent south property if desired to create larger project. Offering price will be adjusted downward in joint sale.


  • Asking $122,000 ($4.93/sq. ft.). Open to realistic offer and seller will consider carrying terms on Contract for Deed for short period with adequate down payment or collateral.

A clean and vacant parcel ready for your commercial use. As south Bemidji unquestionably develops this parcel will certainly be a smart investment location!

Best of the North

Owned by Best of the North Real Estate Co. 401 (K) Plan
Mike Ettesvold
(218) 444-4100

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