The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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December 13, 2012

Marigold dealt a blow by Planning Commission

Group recommends denial of variances

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NORTH MANKATO —

Several commissioners also said they believed the large project would alter the character of the area.

“There’s no one in this room who doesn’t yearn to see that property developed But we should do it right,” said commissioner Mike Smith. The project would be built off of Belgrade Avenue in lower North Mankato.

Commissioner Stephanie Stoffel noted the city has no comprehensive plan for development for the downtown, which made it even more difficult to justify approving a variance for a project that doesn’t fit the city’s current zoning rules.

Several residents said the Marigold project should be halted until a new city administrator comes on board soon and can work with the council on creating a comprehensive development plan for the city.

Some commissioners and residents also questioned why neither the developer nor a representative of the developer attended the public hearing to make the case for variance and answer questions.

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