|The recently demolished St. Anthony Falls Commercial Club building.|
Neighbors for East Bank Livability (NEBL) is disappointed that the developer Alatus has destroyed the historic Saint Anthony Falls Commercial Club building in the Saint Anthony Falls Historic District, all the more so considering that NEBL still has ongoing legal challenges to the project before the court.
NEBL’s claims filed under the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act (MERA) may yet result in a determination that the building was in fact eligible for individual listing on the National Register of Historic Places, an opinion shared by two of Minnesota’s most highly respected preservation experts. The MERA claims are further validated as they argue to uphold the City’s own Heritage Preservation Commission’s denial of a certificate of appropriateness to construct a 42-story tower in the Historic District. And last week NEBL filed an appeal of the City’s approval of a conditional use permit and variance to allow for the tower in the Historic District.
NEBL will not give up its claims to require the City and developers to respect the laws set forth in the city’s Comprehensive Plan, Zoning, the neighborhood’s Small Area Plan, and the Saint Anthony Falls Historic District Guidelines, in its efforts to protect and preserve the Historic District.