The city of Minneapolis is still awaiting a Hennepin County court’s determination of damages to be paid to Bobby and Steve’s Autoworld, 5801 Nicollet Ave., in a lawsuit won against the city last November.
John Dybvig, aide to 11th Ward City Councilmember Scott Benson, said once the damages are to be set sometime in April; Benson will appeal the court’s decision.
Bobby and Steve’s owner Paul Warnert sued because he said the city denied him a conditional-use permit in 2002 needed to add such items as gas pumps, a convenience store, repair shop and a car wash to his existing business.
The Council’s Zoning and Planning Committee originally approved the plans, but the full Council reversed the vote after a public hearing in which numerous residents spoke against the bigger business.
Benson had said the denial is legitimate because the plans for the property don’t coincide with the Minneapolis Plan that calls for a lower-intensity usage. However, the court ruling stated that the zoning code overrules the plan.
Dybvig said their office is still working with Warnert to come to an agreeable compromise on their renovation, balancing the needs of the neighbors with the business.
CIDNA meeting time moved
The Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association’s next board meeting, held Tuesday, March 2 at Jones-Harrison
Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave. will start at 5:30 p.m., instead of the regular 7 p.m.
The board decided on the meeting change to allow members and residents time to attend that evening’s precinct caucuses.
For more information, visit CIDNA’s Web site at www.cidna.org.