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New council, same denial for Loring Hill tower

Posted by: Steve Brandt under Local business, People and neighborhoods, Politics and government Updated: October 28, 2011 - 4:35 PM
Developer Brad Hoyt is still batting 0 for his lifetime on getting a 21-story residential tower built on Loring Hill.
Hoyt Thursday exercised the right granted him by the Minnesota Court of Appeals to get another hearing before the City Council on his 2004 proposal for the 104-unit proposal on the hillside rising south of Loring Pond. But the council’s Zoning and Planning Committee voted 4-0 against granting him the approvals he sought for 401 Oak Grove St.
The court ruled last May, in a challenge brought by Hoyt to the council’s denial of  the project, that the council was within its rights to do so on the merits, stripping him of damages awarded in a tiral court. But it ordered the council to rehear Hoyt’s application because it found that Council Member Lisa Goodman, who represents the area, had improperly prejudiced the council against him.
Goodman, who faces a separate lawsuit against her by Hoyt, recused herself from the committee vote. Seven new council members have taken office since the 2004 vote.
Hoyt earlier won approvals from the council last summer for a seven-story development on the site that would have 124 units, despite neighborhood and planning commission opposition. He could not be reached Friday.
Peter Coyle, an attorney representing Hoyt and his Continental Property Group, argued that the council would be contradicting itself in denying approvals for the taller building after approving other towers in the area.

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