Westminster Church buys a piece of Nicollet Mall

  • Article by: JANET MOORE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 27, 2012 - 8:52 PM

Westminster Church, with nearly 3,000 members, is expanding to reach out to downtown's exploding population.

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antisuburbsSep. 27, 1210:50 AM

they have owned that building for years...

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scanportSep. 27, 1211:07 AM

If the church had owned the building for years, why did they just purchase it from Presbyterian homes? It was very clear in the article.

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mingo21Sep. 27, 1211:25 AM

The last thing we need is more church property downtown being taken off the tax rolls - churches should not be allowed within 100 feet of an office building downtown.

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ginny6Sep. 27, 1211:49 AM

This church does wonderful things and has many wonderful programs. I wish, however, that they had not purchased the Marimark and evicted its tenants. This does not help the housing situation. It especially does not help the affordable housing situation. My sympathy to tenants of Marimark.

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Amiller92Sep. 27, 1211:56 AM

I'm not clear on what the plan is. That rendering seems to show the existing church structure, with the two adjacent buildings (Marimark and the office building) gone. I certainly hope they aren't planning to just tear them down and put in a surface parking lot. There is tons of nearby parking available, and there is no less efficient (and perhaps openly harmful) use of urban space than a surface parking lot.

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scanportSep. 27, 1212:04 PM

This church is over 150 years old. Maybe office buildings should not be allowed within 100 feet of a church.

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hotkarl8888Sep. 27, 1212:17 PM

So this property is effectively retired from the tax rolls meaning the rest of us get to subsidize this building that provides absolutely zero economic benefit to the community.

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campbeaeSep. 27, 12 1:04 PM

The 1221 property may or may not come off the tax rolls. The church could hold the property in a taxable for-profit subsidiary and it could return to having mid-term leases for offices. Since "the Presbyterian way" will take several years to make decisions about the final development on that half of the block, no one knows what will be there. And if the razing of the Marimark is so terrible, why was it 33% VACANT, and more than half the residents have already found new housing in better condition, at or below their current rent! And the church was willing to pay up to 42 months of rent differential if some of the folks could only find higher cost homes, even though such generosity was not required.

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mnmonkeyboySep. 27, 12 1:24 PM

I t would be cool if they expanded the greenway next to the church through to the convention center lawn.....by the way their is a moritorium on surface parking lots downtown. It will not become a parking lot.

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Amiller92Sep. 27, 12 1:33 PM

Thanks, mnmonkeyboy, that's helpful.

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