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File #: APC 21-2    Version: 1
Type: Appeal-Planning Comm Status: Archived
In control: City Council
Final action: 9/15/2021
Title: Public hearing to consider the appeal of Friends of A Better Way St. Paul LLC to a decision of the Planning Commission approving a conditional use permit for building height and variances for front setback, building footprint, total building size above-ground, including parking, and building height at 695 Grand Avenue.
Sponsors: Rebecca Noecker
Code sections: Sec. 61.702. - Appeals to city council.
Attachments: 1. Appeal Application_August 2 2021, 2. PC Resolution_21-37_July 23 2021, 3. PC Draft Minutes_July 23_2021, 4. Staff Packet for ZC_July 12 2021, 5. ZC Minutes_July 15 2021, 6. Commissioner Reilly rationale for denial_July 21 2021, 7. Public Comment Part 1, 8. Public Comment Part 2, 9. Public Comment Part 3 Opposition, 10. Public Comment Part 4 Support, 11. Public Comment Opposition (after packet), 12. Public Comment Support (after packet), 13. Public Comment_A Better Way Petition Part 1, 14. Public Comment_A Better Way Petition Part 2, 15. 60-day extension letter_August 16 2021, 16. CC Public Hearing Notice_September 15 2021, 17. Applicant's Response to Appeal_August 30 2021, 18. APC 21-2 - Glynn Family, 19. APC 21-2 Comments - Ward 1, 20. APC 21-2 Marilyn Bach, 21. APC 21-2 Sonja Mason, 22. 695 Letter to Noecker3, 23. comments recived by ward 7, 24. Ward 2 Public Comments-695 Grand CUP and Variances, 25. web page submitted, 26. APC 21-2 - Barbara Byers, 27. APC 21-2 - Diane Ferreira, 28. APC 21-2 - Lloyd Lentz, 29. APC 21-2 - Marilyn Bach, 30. APC 21-2 - Rosalyn Goldberg, 31. APC 21-2 - Emma Burns, 32. APC 21-2 - Gary Todd
Related files: Ord 21-31
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Public hearing to consider the appeal of Friends of A Better Way St. Paul LLC to a decision of the Planning Commission approving a conditional use permit for building height and variances for front setback, building footprint, total building size above-ground, including parking, and building height at 695 Grand Avenue.

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Zoning File #: 21-289-699
Appellant: Friends of A Better Way St. Paul LLC
Address: 695 Grand Avenue, NW corner at St. Albans Street
Purpose: Appeal of the Planning Commission approval of a conditional use permit for a 59’ 10” building height and variances for front setback from Grand Avenue (10’ maximum, 18’ proposed for middle section of the building), building footprint (25,000 sq. ft. maximum, 30,500 sq. ft. proposed), total building size above-ground, including parking (75,000 sq. ft. maximum, 124,000 sq. ft. proposed), and building height (three stories and 36’ maximum, five stories and 59’ 10” proposed) at 695 Grand Avenue. (Zoning File #21-269-061)

Staff Recommendation: Approval
District Council Recommendation: District 16 Summit Hill Association (SHA) voted to support the building as designed and presented in architectural drawings filed with the City on June 3, 2021, support the conditional use permit for a 59’10” building height, support the variance for the front setback from Grand Avenue (10’ maximum, 18’ proposed for middle section of the building), and recommend variances from the EG East Grand Avenue Overlay District regulations for building height, footprint, and overall size.
Zoning Committee Recommendation: Approval with conditions, vote: 5-1
Support: 6 people spoke, 63 letters
Opposition: 25 people spoke, 122 letters, petition submitted with 446 signatures
Planning Commission Decision: Approval with conditions, vote: 9-1

Deadline for Action: October 15, 2021 (extended from August 16, 2021)

Staff Assigned: Emma Siegworth, 651-266-6657

Attachments:
Appeal Application
Planning Commission resolution
Planning Co...

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