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.
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.