Mpls. Complex on Most Endangered Historic Places List

According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Pillsbury "A" Mill Complex in Minneapolis was foreclosed on late last year, and local residents fear that the site will be broken up for development.

The Pillsbury “A” Mill Complex in Minneapolis is one of the nation's most endangered sites, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP).

The complex was on the trust's annual list of “America's Most Endangered Historic Places,” along with 10 others in the United States.

According to the NTHP, the Pillsbury “A” Mill Complex-which is located in the St. Anthony Falls Historic District on the Mississippi River-closed in 2003, and a local developer acquired all of the buildings and the surrounding site for a mixed-use complex.

The developers worked with city officials on a plan that was rather controversial, but it was eventually approved by the City of Minneapolis. However, financing for the project fell through and it was foreclosed on in late 2010.

The complex is now owned by a bank, which has signed purchase agreements with two separate development firms. Local residents fear that the site will be broken up for piecemeal development, which could have negative consequences for the site's historic buildings and landscape, according to the NTHP.

“This incredibly significant complex of buildings with its prominent perch on the river offers enormous potential-not only for the rehabilitation of a landmark site, but also for development of green energy and sustainable design,” Stephanie Meeks, president of the NTHP, said in a statement.

Here's a look at the 10 other “endangered historic places” that were included on this year's list:

  • Bear Butte (South Dakota)
  • Belmead-on-the-James (Virginia)
  • China Alley (California)
  • Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island (Alabama)
  • Greater Chaco Landscape (New Mexico)
  • Isaac Manchester Farm (Pennsylvania)
  • John Coltrane House (New York)
  • National Soldiers Home Historic District (Wisconsin)
  • Prentice Women's Hospital (Illinois)
  • Sites imperiled by state actions (nationwide)