Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
A new developer is interested in saving the Kirkbride building in Fergus Falls: Global Athlete Village. GAV, a “Minnesota-based non-profit group dedicated to encouraging humanitarian and community service efforts by young athletes”, has expressed interest in using the property as a training center for mobilizing student athletes on humanitarian projects. You can read all about it in this Fergus Falls Journal article: RTC Finds a New Potential Developer. GAV’s vision seems to involve being a sort of “keystone developer” that would be complimented by several smaller, like-minded humanitarian groups all sharing the Kirkbride.
While I wish them all the luck in the world and think it would be fantastic for the Kirkbride to continue on as a home to humanitarian service, I have to admit I’m a bit skeptical of GAV’s plan. They’re a relatively young organization and will need to come up with some pretty significant funding to do what they want to do. I really hope this isn’t another idealistic dream that never materializes, like the Chinese immersion school. Hopefully they’ll prove my skepticism wrong.