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Cottage View listed among state's most endangered historic sites

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota this week nominated the Cottage View Drive-In theater for its annual list of the state's most endangered historic sites.

Cottage Grove's blast-from-the-past Cottage View Drive-In movie theater is being considered for inclusion on a Minnesota preservation group's list of the ten most endangered historic places in the state.

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota this week released their list of 19 nominees for its annual list the group says is intended to rally preservation efforts around the listed sites, including the 44-year-old Cottage Grove theater that has been eyed as a prime spot for commercial development.

A moribund commercial real estate economy and the wider economic recession have shied developers away from the Cottage View site since plans for a proposed outdoor shopping center fell through in 2008. The theater, owned by Herringer Companies of Columbia Heights and operated by Mann Theaters, opened for the 2010 season last month.

The formal announcement of the alliance's 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list will take place May 20.

Look for more on this story in the May 19 edition of the South Washington County Bulletin.

Other sites nominated are:

- Bessesen Building, Albert Lea

- Dairy Queen, Roseville

- Dodd Ford Bridge, Amboy

- Garrison Concourse, Garrison

- Grain Belt Sign, Minneapolis

- Great Northern Railway Depot, Princeton

- Jackson County Resource Center, Jackson

- Historic John Olness House, rural Moorhead

- K.K. Berge Building, Granite Falls

- Minnehaha Creek Mill Ruins, Minneapolis

- Old Cedar Avenue Bridge, Bloomington

- Prospect Park Neighborhood, Minneapolis

- Historic Samuel J. Hewson House, Minneapolis

- Southeast St. Cloud Neighborhood, St. Cloud

- Todd County Courthouse, Long Prairie

- Victoria Theater, St. Paul

-- Wayzata Post Office, Wayzata

- Wesley United Methodist Church, Minneapolis