Days after publicly opposing its landlord's proposal for a new development across the street, a Loring Park neighborhood group is getting booted out of its building.
Representatives of Citizens for a Loring Park Community testified Monday against developer Brad Hoyt's proposal for a seven-story, 124-unit housing development on Loring Hill, which overlooks Loring Park. On Thursday, the group found an eviction notice from a Hoyt company under its office door. It has been a building tenant for 15 years.
Hoyt and his office didn't return calls on Friday.
"Mr. Hoyt has proved just how immature he truly is in endeavors in which he loses," said Brad Conley, a board member of the Loring Park group.
Hoyt's proposal is the third he has made to the city for 401 Oak Grove St. The city's rejection of a 21-story condo has led to years of court battles with Hoyt and his Continental Property Group.
A state appeals court ruled in May that Hoyt didn't get a fair hearing, finding bias on the part of Council Member Lisa Goodman. But it found the council within its rights to deny the permits for the project and rejected his claim for $11 million in damages. Hoyt has asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to review that decision.
Neighborhood representatives told the city's Planning Commission on Monday that Hoyt's latest proposal conflicts with development guidelines for Loring Hill. The commission rejected a conditional use permit and variances that Hoyt sought.
The neighborhood group found the eviction notice dated Wednesday under its door Thursday morning. The notice said the group had to be out by July 31. It was the only tenant evicted, and tenants got a notice on Continental letterhead accusing the group of "rumor, innuendo, disinformation or tortuous interference." A representative of the neighboring Woman's Club of Minneapolis also raised concerns Monday at the Planning Commission about potential traffic impacts of Hoyt's 401 proposal. Later in the week, the club was notified by Continental that it no longer can use the 401 parking lot on weekends and evenings, as it has for years.
Steve Brandt • 612-673-4438