9/24/2021 12:19:00 PM Meredee's-Dinnerbel project
gets city council extension
by DENISE MARTIN
The developers for the old Meredee’s/Dinnerbel site on the west edge of Lindstrom got a year extension for commencing work. The project, an apartment-restaurant-marina, was given a thumbs up by city council in 2019 and has already had its 365 day window to move forward, extended, which expires this month.
Lindstrom City Council pushed that deadline out another year.
The abandoned hotel structure is one of the largest and most visible buildings in downtown Lindstrom and unsightly. Council member William Schlumbohm asked the developers Brian Farrell and newcomer partner Christian Lawrence, for a firm date when razing of the building will happen and the litter and general unkept appearance will be cleared.
Farrell said the goal is this winter.
Council member Laurie Burington said she wants the attractive nuisance elements taken care ASAP: such as boarding up door openings, window access blocked and debris resulting from vandalism brought under control. Farrell said, “We hear you” and promised a local groundskeeper is part of the plan.
Lawrence is with RISE Development in Owatonna, a cement precast modular construction components firm. The project will now be co-developed by the two.
He stressed RISE is committed to this. The developers have met with area firefighters and a study is being undertaken to see if there’s anything in the building that is toxic and can not be incinerated. If they get the okay, the structure will be burned. Farrell added the site is in an urban area and “high impact” for a fire training so planning needs to be deliberate.
Council then dealt with a minor age alcohol sale issue at the golf course.
Regular sales checks were done recently, where an underage buyer is trained and monitored by law enforcement as they try to purchase alcohol at licensed establishments. Licensees get a notice a week or so before the checks to be prepared.
Steven Nasseem, of Isanti, said he was the course representative and he expressed how upset he was that he even had to be called in before council. He cited the difficulty in hiring for the infraction, but added that is no excuse. The ordinance allows for $600 fine or loss of license for a couple days. This is discretionary, the council heard. This being the first offense for the golf course restaurant/bar— Council member Scott Hildebrand motioned for a $500 fine and this was approved. Nasseem was told the city will designate the funds for the police and school program DARE, which seemed to leave him in a better mood than when the meeting began.
Other violations of the compliance check occurring in Chisago City will be handled by that city council.
The senior community advisory group was given the go-ahead. (Story Press Sept. 16)
Council member Burington volunteered to help with getting a process going using an AARP-created review, that assesses how senior-friendly a community is and what can be done to improve quality of life factors.
A deck exceeding impervious area standards was approved, for a home on Maria Avenue on the North Lindstrom Lake shore.
And, the budget and levy for 2022 was adopted. Total now is at $2,756,705. This can be decreased in final action in December but not increased.
Lindstrom tax rate will be 48.6 percent.
The public comment hearing is December 16 at council chambers at 6:30 p.m.