In its lawsuit, NEBL has argued that the City has disregarded its own zoning and planning regulations in granting Alatus' applications for a conditional use permit (CUP) and variance for their 42-story luxury tower at 200 Central Ave. SE. The City "acted arbitrarily, capriciously, and without a rational basis when it approved the applications."
The following videos, from the June 9, 2016 Zoning & Planning Committee meeting, are a small sample of two City Council members' rationalizations for approving the Alatus project. Council member Frey cites "trickle down" economics and promises to not allow the Alatus project to be used as a precedent for future development at the General Mills site (20-story Doran tower?). Council member Goodman believes the East Bank is Downtown and ignores the existence of the St. Anthony Falls Historic District.
To view the Zoning & Planning meeting in its entirety (3:33:43) go to YouTube and search "June 9, 2016 zoning & planning minneapolis".