Barbara Church, North Mankato
— On Monday, the City of North Mankato will face a defining moment in its history. The City Council will be voting whether or not to approve the construction of a six-story apartment building to join the two-story building on the Marigold site in Lower North Mankato.
Over the past 20-plus years, citizens have repeatedly said they want this area preserved and that any development respect the aesthetics of the area. The goal is to maintain an old towne look with a family-friendly, safe feel.
This does not exclude any new development, but rather simply asks for respect of the area.
At the planning commission meeting regarding the height of this project, the commissioners decided to pass the issue on to the council with no recommendations. One commissioner suggested to those in attendance that a larger group of citizens should attend the next council meeting to voice their financial, safety and aesthetic concerns about this project.
The council meets 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please contact your council people by phone, email or in person.
If citizens do not take a stand at this time, the downtown area will be forever changed, its history lost and a precedent set for future developments just like this one.