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The Rochester City Council voted to raze a Victorian house that was home to the Chardonnay restaurant.
The council’s 6-1 vote last week came after lengthy debate about whether the 1890s house, on 2nd Street SW., deserves protection under the city’s Heritage Preservation Ordinance. The property’s owner plans to demolish the house and sell it to a developer.
In March, the Rochester Heritage Preservation Commission recommended that the council label the house a preservation site — shielding it from demolition.
But the council disagreed. Members said Monday that while the house is clearly historic under the ordinance’s criteria, it does not meet the second requirement: that its condition “must be such that maintaining its current use or establishing an adaptive reuse of the structure is economically feasible.”
“It’s a tragedy,” said Council President Randy Staver, according to video of the meeting. “But I am not finding that it meets the practical, realistic side of the ordinance.”
Mayor goes for second term
The mayor of Mankato, Eric Anderson, will run for re-election.
The Free Press reports that Anderson, elected in 2010, decided against a run for state representative and instead hopes to win a second term. Anderson, a financial adviser, serves on numerous regional and statewide boards, according to the city’s website.
“I’ve built up very good relationships locally, regionally, statewide,” Anderson told the Mankato newspaper. “I think that’s a real benefit for our town.”