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Doran said he looks forward to working with the neighborhood and Dinkytown Business Association to formulate a plan that everyone can agree on. He hopes to begin construction in about one year.
“In my opinion, I think if you have an objective view of Dinkytown and you really go down and walk around the area and look behind the buildings, not just on the streets, that that area is in need of reinvestment,” Doran said.
Kristen Eide-Tollefson, a leader of the “Save Dinkytown” movement whose business, the Bookhouse, was displaced by the Opus project, said the Doran proposal “is going to determine the fate of Dinkytown.”
“It’s unfortunate that we won’t be able to finish the [planning] process before we become embroiled in another controversial project,” Eide-Tollefson said.
A public forum on the small-area plan — which will guide future development in Dinkytown — will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Varsity Theater.
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