Movin’ on down the road
OAK PARK HEIGHTS — The historic Bergstein Shoddy Mill and Warehouse is ready to move on down the road to its new home.
The state Department of Transportation will close parts of state Highways 95 and 36 from 10 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday so crews can move the stone mill building and woodframe warehouse from its current location off Stagecoach Trail to a St. Croix River front site across from the River Oasis Café in Stillwater.
The work could be delayed if it rains or snows, said MnDOT spokeswoman Mary Brooks McFarland. There is no backup date if weather delays the move, she added.
Minnesota 95 will close between Point Roadand the south end of Main Street in Stillwater and Minnesota 36 closes between Beach Road and Minnesota 95, according to McFarland. Motorists should follow posted detour signs.
Moving the buildings is being done overnight Monday due to less traffic on both highways, McFarland said.
The Shoddy Mill move is among mediation work that’s part of the St. Croix River Crossing project, according to McFarland.
“They are federally-protected buildings, so they have to be moved,” she said.
The Shoddy Mill and Warehouse are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places, McFarland said. The buildings were constructed in 1890 and owned by Moritz and Bertha (Gardner) Bergstein. Workers in the buildings made shoddy, a woolen yarn made from used clothing, that was shipped to Minneapolis and made into mattresses in a factory owned buy Moritz Bergstein’s brother, Ignatz.
Crews will move a small stone building that contained the mill machine that made the shoddy and the larger warehouse that stored the fabric, McFarland said. Crews planning the buildings’ move are concerned about the condition of the stone building.
“One of them is the stone building and it’s a delicate situation. The other wood-frame building, that one appears sturdier,” she said.
Along with moving the remaining mill structures, crews had to build a temporary road to get the buildings out from their current Oak Park Heights location.
“It used to be (near) the old Kohler Chevrolet dealership,” she said. “Now it’s all woods. They’ve built a road to get (the structures) to 95 and 36.”
Although MnDOT pays to move the buildings as part of the new bridge project, the structures will be owned by the city of Stillwater, McFarland said. Tentative plans call for the buildings to become part of a proposed loop trail to Stillwater, but city officials will determine a future purpose for the structures, she added.
MnDOT will close MN 95 between Point Road and the south end of Main Street in Stillwater and MN 36 between Beach Road and MN 95 from 10 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday, weather permitting, so crews can move the Shoddy Mill and warehouse buildings.
The stone mill building and wood-frame warehouse are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places and must be moved as part of the St. Croix River Crossing bridge project. The structures will be relocated to a riverfront site across from the River Oasis Café and become the property of the city of Stillwater.