Guthrie glitch holds up city approvals

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May 19, 2003 // UPDATED 10:50 am - April 30, 2007
By: Bob Gilbert
Bob Gilbert

Legislative funding is still iffy, but the city of Minneapolis fully supports a new riverfront Guthrie Theater. However, a glitch held up full City Planning Commission approval of the new complex May 1.

At issue is an altitude variance for a skyway spanning 2nd Street to connect the Guthrie\'s set design studio to its backstage. The closed-to-the-public skyway would allow theater employees to build the set in one space and wheel it to the theater without using valuable riverfront land or getting rained on.

The problem is that the skyway is four stories high and is not in conformity with current riverfront height restrictions.

The Minneapolis Community Development Agency\'s Ann Calvert says that policy isn\'t the problem; the real concern is how Xcel energy will deal with the Guthrie\'s electrical issues. The Planning Commission has approved every other aspect of the plan thus far, including several variances, and Calvert said it should sign off on the skyway height June 12.