Tire store, warehouse planned at 14th and Marshall

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A proposal for a Tires for Less retail store, service center and warehouse at 1401 Marshall St. NE is up for a pubic hearing before the Minneapolis Planning Commission Monday, June 11, 4:30 p.m. in Minneapolis City Council chambers at City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St.

It seems like a business-for-business changing-of-hands, the likes of which happens every day, but this one has a slight twist. Back in the late 1980s, some active Sheridan Neighborhood residents—and the City of Minneapolis—decided that the neighborhood’s long-term future called for a residential use for that property, and this proposal would continue the commercial use of the property.

According to Minneapolis City Planner Aaron Hanauer, Minnetonka-based G & K Services, which provides rented apparel, operated there from 1988 to 2008, and has maintained a warehouse there until the present. Tires for Less has a purchase agreement for the property, he said.

But in the late 1980s, much of the Sheridan Neighborhood was re-zoned, in a process called a 40-acre zoning study. The property at 1401 Marshall was zoned R3, high-density residential.

To avoid hardships for businesses whose property was re-zoned to a more-restrictive-than-needed (for that business) category, those businesses became “non-conforming uses,” with the right to operate unless the property was destroyed or the business quit, in which case the zoning would revert to the more restrictive category.

G&K appears to have retained its non-conforming rights, and the Planning Commission is being asked to approve the “change of non-conforming use” and also to approve a site plan for the new business.

If the Planning Commission approves the proposal, it can proceed unless that approval is appealed to the Minneapolis City Council’s Zoning and Planning Committee. If it is appealed, the committee and then the full City Council would review and act on the proposal.

Hanauer said the city planning staff report on the proposal will be online at the Planning Commission’s web site on Tuesday (June 5, after this Northeaster is printed). In addition to encouraging residents to attend the public hearing, Hanauer said written comments on the proposal are welcome at aaron.hanauer @minneapolis.mn.gov.