A plan for a controversial pawn shop business in lower North Mankato has been withdrawn.

John Forsyth withdrew the request, which was to be discussed at Monday night’s City Council meeting, said City Administrator Wendell Sande.

Sande said Forsyth didn’t give a reason. Forsyth couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. 

Forsyth had planned to buy the former Christy’s Cafe building on Belgrade Avenue. He’d planned to sell antiques, coins and other items, both his own and things taken on consignment.

But he said the ability to offer pawn loans would be an integral part of the business.

The North Mankato Planning Commission voted 5-1 to recommend the council deny the pawn shop plan. The council later voted 3-2 to hold a public hearing on whether or not the city should approve Forsyth’s request. 

While the hearing  on Forsyth’s request won’t happen, there will still be a public hearing on a proposed new pawn shop ordinance for North Mankato.

City Attorney Mike Kennedy wrote the proposed ordinance, which among other things would bar pawn shops from the downtown area but allow them on the Commerce Drive business strip.

Sande said the issue of a pawn shop ordinance never came up before because no one had ever attempted to open one.

“We had nothing in our code specific to pawn shops. We never had (a pawn shop) and didn’t have rules in effect, so we saw the need to adopt something. It’s patterned mostly along what’s in effect in Mankato,” Sande said.

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