Controversial Broadway & Marshall liquor store hearing set for Wednesday

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April 18, 2014
By: Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

ST. ANTHONY WEST – A controversial proposal to demolish the building at the corner of Broadway Street and Marshall Street and replace it with a 7,500-square-foot liquor store goes before the Planning Commission on April 23.

The St. Anthony West Neighborhood Organization (STAWNO) voted to not support the proposal in February after several public meetings and a lengthy debate at its Feb 13 board meeting. Steve Krause, the potential owner of the liquor store, delayed the proposal’s public hearing in front of the Planning Commission for six weeks while he worked with an architect to tweak the building’s design.

He remains confident the liquor store will be approved despite lacking official neighborhood approval.

“When I presented to STAWNO we were well received. I wasn’t at the board meeting when they chose to vote against me, so I’m not sure where this opposition comes from,” said Krause.

 Ward 3 City Council Member Jacob Frey said the neighborhood seems to be split “pretty much 50-50” on the issue, and that he is supporting STAWNO’s stance against the liquor store.

Former Ward 3 City Council Member Diane Hofstede, the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization and Park Board President Liz Wielinski are also opposed to the project. City staff has recommended Krause's application for a conditional use permit to build a liquor store be approved.