Save Dinkytown

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July 24, 2013
By: Ardes Johnson
Ardes Johnson

The Dinkytown commercial core has served the U community for more than 100 years. It has long had a statewide reputation for its small businesses and cultural attractions serving generations of University students and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Opus Corporation is now seeking to demolish half of a square block in the commercial core in order to build six-story upscale high-density dorm-style housing. The ground floor commercial spaces beneath the apartment complex would be affordable only to chain stores and would drive out locally owned small businesses.

In order to do this, Opus needs the City Council to approve a spot rezoning from C1 to C3A. If the City Council gives its approval, it would set a precedent for granting such zoning change approval to the other square blocks in the Dinkytown commercial core—and to other similarly zoned small business cores throughout the city.

More than 3,000 people have signed a petition opposing the rezoning. In June, the DFL City Convention overwhelmingly supported a resolution that urged Council Members to preserve and protect the C1 zoning of neighborhood small business centers throughout the City. Clearly, there is no public support for this Council to cater to the developer and his exploitation of Dinkytown.

Please oppose this destructive rezoning that benefits a few at the expense of the many who do not support it. I urge Council Members Goodman and Hofstede to stand with all these concerned citizens of Minneapolis to preserve and protect Dinkytown and other neighborhood small business centers by opposing this spot rezoning change.

Ardes Johnson
Marcy-Holmes resident