ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Local business owners stepped up to the podium Monday night urging city leaders to reverse a decision that grants a popular brewery downtown to build a temporary outdoor seating area. The Rochester City Council is keeping its stance to move forward with the project.
Earlier this month, the city signed a public-private partnership with Grand Rounds Brewing Company to test the concept of a ‘parklet,’ directly in front of the business.
This entails taking up parking spaces. The concept would be tested for one year and Grand Rounds would be responsible for fronting the construction and insurance bills. The council is hoping to collect feedback during the short phase to draft guidelines for possible future parklet locations.
Several neighbors said they want to see their neighbor’s business grow, but they’re concerned about their own businesses and say the 15-minute stalls are vital to their operations and losing them could be catastrophic. During the open hearing period, several said they were not unaware of the proposal from Grand Rounds until after it received council approval.
Grand Rounds CEO Tessa Leung told KTTC it was hard to hear neighbors voice opposition to the project, it’s a conversation that’s important to have.