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Rochester council to weigh status of former Legends site

Landmark question expected to be answered Monday for site that originally housed a Red Owl grocery store and the Time Theatre

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The site of the former Time Theatre and Red Ow, which most recently housed Legends Bar and Grill, has been nominated as a historic landmark. Rochester's Heritage Preservation Commission recommended Tuesday the city council hold off on charging a fee for landmark nominations. (Andrew Link / alink@postbulletin.com)

The fate of the former Legend’s Bar and Grill location could be determined Monday.

The Rochester City Council will be asked whether it supports historic landmark designation for the city-owned building at 11 Fourth St. SE, which originally housed a Red Owl grocery store and the Time Theatre.

Last month, the city’s Heritage Preservation Commission voted 6-1 to recommend landmark status based on its architectural style and links to notable architects and builders hired by Mayo Clinic to design and construct the Time Theatre.

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Members also pointed out that the pair of joined buildings were constructed in the mid-1930s, making them the last remnants of Depression-era construction near what has been proposed as a historic downtown commercial district.
The pitch for landmark status started with a nomination by local preservation advocate Kevin Lund after the city council voted 4-3 to end the former Legend’s lease and seek bids for decision.

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While the Heritage Preservation Commission supports landmark status, staff in the city’s Community Development department does not, citing a lack of historic integrity due to changes since the pair of connected buildings operated as a grocery store and theater.

Molly Patterson-Lungren, the city’s heritage preservation and urban design coordinator, said a decision to oppose landmark status doesn’t necessarily mean the buildings are headed toward demolition.

“The HPC took an additional step, requesting that (in lieu of) landmark designation the city council agree to not demolish the building until the Riverfront small-area plan was complete,” she said, referring to an effort to define a vision for the city-owned land west of the Zumbro River between Second and Fourth streets southeast.

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City staff estimates costs associated with maintaining the building through the winter would be $18,200, with the bulk of the expense related to utilities. The city has already invested $53,000 in the property this year.

The cost of demolishing the building has been estimated at $220,000 to $250,000, with winter work expected to come with the lowest price tag.

After deciding the building’s status, the council will be asked to provide direction on next steps for the property, if it’s not designated as a landmark.

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The discussion will be part of the council’s meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in council chambers of the city-county Government Center, 151 Fourth St. SE. The meeting will livestream at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas and be available on Spectrum cable channel 180 or 188 and Metronet channel 80.



Upcoming meetings

Meetings scheduled to be held during the week of Oct. 18 include:

Rochester

• City Council study session, 3:30 p.m. Monday. The meeting will livestream at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas and be available on Spectrum cable channel 180 or 188 and Metronet channel 80.

• City Council, 6:15 p.m. Monday. The meeting will livestream at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas and be available on Spectrum cable channel 180 or 188 and Metronet channel 80. It will include action by the council serving as the city’s Economic Development Authority.

• Fire Department Civil Service Commission, 3:15 p.m. Tuesday. Access information for the online meeting is available at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas .

• Park Board study session, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Access information is available at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas

• Public Library Board, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Access information is available at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas

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Olmsted County

• Health, Housing and Human Services Committee, 11 a.m. Tuesday in conference room 2 of the government center.

• Housing and Redevelopment Authority, 1 p.m. Tuesday in board chambers of the government center.

• Administrative Committee, 2 p.m. Tuesday in board chambers of the government center.

• Physical Development Committee, 2 p.m. Tuesday in conference room 2 of the government center.

• Board of County Commissioners, 3 p.m. Tuesday in the board chambers of the government center. Meeting will stream live at https://olmstedcounty.primegov.com/public/portal .

• Parks Commission, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in conference room A at 2122 Campus Drive SE

• Rochester-Olmsted Council of Governments, noon Wednesday in conference room 186 at 2122 Campus Drive SE.

• Environmental Commission, 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in conference room A at 2122 Campus Drive SE

Rochester Public Schools

• School Board, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom of the Edison Building, 615 Seventh St. SW.

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