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Continued: Lex’s rooftop patio plan unsettles some in St. Paul

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 30, 2013 - 9:50 PM

When Flahaven later discovered a conceptual drawing showing room for 70 diners — plus 10 seats at a bar — and learned that Hickey wanted to close the rooftop no sooner than midnight, she felt she had been misled.

“People are just discouraged that the process did not work, and I think it does set a precedent,” she said. “People along Lincoln [Avenue] have to think about what this means if they can open a patio on the second level and look down into your back yard.”

Not everyone is opposed to the Lex’s plans. Some neighbors say they have no objections, and the owners have the support of both the Summit Hill Association district council and the Grand Avenue Business Association.

“We’ve had this idea ever since we bought the Lex, and it’s taken us two years to get through all the process and discussions,” Hickey said. “This opens up a lot of ideas for us to move forward.”


Kevin Duchschere • 651-925-5035


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