City Council denies District 12 on Rohn Industries
The St. Paul City Council on March 11 voted 6-1 to deny District 12’s appeal of a conditional approval on Rohn Industries’ site plan at 2495 Kasota Ave.
Rohn Industries wants to use the property as a parking lot for 25 semi-trailers.
In upholding Rohn Industries’ planned use for the property, the City Council said there were insufficient grounds to overturn the Planning Commission’s vote.
City Council member Jane Prince dissented, saying she wished Rohn, a recycling company, could work with District 12 and community representatives to find a different site for its truck storage needs.
The St. Anthony Park Community Council contended the Planning Commission erred in its findings to allow the land use. District 12 representatives are concerned the project will potentially spread air/waterborne pollutants from the former ash dump site.
In mid-January, the city concluded that an environmental worksheet assessment (EAW) was not required on the project.
Scott Carlson, Bugle editor.
District 12 meeting changes
As the Bugle went to press, District 12 executive director Kathryn Murray said, “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SAPCC is cancelling all upcoming events and moving our board and committee meetings online.
“Our office will be closed, though staff will continue to work remotely,” she added. “This includes the annual Kasota Ponds clean up. Details on joining meetings will be posted online on our events page. Links and resources available at sapcc.org/our-covid-19-response/.”