Dinkytown development deal denied in council committee

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A development proposal that critics argued would alter the space and character of Dinkytown may be dead following a Thursday vote by a key committee of the Minneapolis City Council.

The Star Tribune reports that the Opus Development plan was defeated by a 3-2 vote in the zoning and planning committee, despite a staff recommendation to okay rezoning. The paper notes that the defeat is unusual, because committees usually go along with staff recommendations.

Neighbors, business owners and alumni formed a vocal Save Dinkytown group to protest the development. A number of them turned out for the meting, holding signs and testifying against the development.

The mixed-used project would replace a plot of land that is 71 percent surface parking. The plan features several small commercial buildings, a six-story apartment building, retail space and parking.

The full Council is schedule to vote on the project next week, but the Star Tribune said that committee decisions are seldom overturned.

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