Rochester City Council Expected to Override Mayor’s Veto Tonight
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Rochester City Council is expected tonight to mount a challenge to the veto issued last week by Mayor Kim Norton.
The veto overturned a 4-2 vote by the City Council to continue maintaining the former Labor Hall building that was the home of Legends Bar to potential developers time to consider incorporating the depression-era structure in a larger development proposal for the city-owned properties along the west side of the Zumbro Rivier. Mayor Norton objected to the move, arguing the city has long planned to demolish the building to clear the site for a large development once a determination was made concerning its potential historical significance. The Council's vote to save the building, at least temporarily, followed a vote to reject a request to declare it a historic landmark.
Rochester City Council member Shaun Palmer indicated last week that he believed there is enough support to override the Mayor's vote. He also says he expects a motion will be made to set a deadline for finding a plan to save the building or move forward with plans to demolish it.
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