After rioters burned down the former Odd Fellows Club office building on Minneapolis’ Lake Street in May, owner Ade Alabi paid $75,000 to demolish the remains of the structure. But now contractors are asking for $300,000 to $400,000 to remove debris from the site.
During a virtual “rebuilding roundtable” discussion with Minneapolis and St. Paul community group leaders and small business owners on Wednesday, Alabi said he has insurance, but it won’t cover the costs of building a new office building at the location.
President Trump’s advance team wanted to show him commiserating with the owners of a burned-out camera shop during his Tuesday visit to Kenosha, Wis.
The only problem: the owners wanted nothing to do with Mr. Trump. So the White House did the next best thing — it found the store’s former owner, who still owns the building that housed it before it was destroyed, and passed him off as a business owner aggrieved by the city’s unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
“I just feel that this is another photo op for him and I just didn’t want to be part of it,” said Tom Gram, a co-owner of Rode’s Camera Shop in Kenosha. “Just to have words put in my mouth or whatever, I just didn’t want that to happen.”
Mr. Gram said in a Wednesday interview that he did not return a phone call from the