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Vacant Rochester restaurant torn down

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- After eight years of vacancy, an abandoned building in northwest Rochester is now an empty lot...with big potential.

Cleanup from yesterday's demolition was underway Friday as contractors prepare to turn the old Burger King at the corner of 41st Street Northwest and East Frontage Road into something new.

The building has been vacant for eight years after the restaurant closed its doors in 2005.

InSite Real estate, based in Illinois, will supervise the project, which aims to turn the space into a two-tenant building, similar to a strip mall.

Project officials told KTTC Friday they're wasting no time to turn this eyesore around.

By next week, they plan to begin digging the foundation for the new building going in, and in just 14 weeks, they expect to have the project completed.

Company officials said, however, there's no definite word yet on what businesses will occupy the new building.

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