4/10/2014 9:25:00 AM Old Creamery site rezoning approved
by Ken Haggerty
After tabling the request for two weeks and an extended debate on the issue at their April 1 meeting, the Cannon Falls city council unanimously approved the request to rezone the property at 200-210-220 Water Street West (former Creamery site) from R-3 (Medium Density Residential) to I-1 (Limited Industrial).
The old building, located between the bike trail and the river, just to the south and east of the historic Third Street Bridge, has historically been used for various commercial and industrial uses, most recently a small welding operation.
The new owners, Steve Auger, Rob Lorentz and Mike Lorentz all have ties to the local area. Auger is the proposed main tenant. He operates a custom, micro-machining business with a number of custom jobs for the medical technology industry. He has run his business out of his home shop in rural Cannon Falls.
Economic Director Dave Maroney gave the council assurances that the I-1 zoning has restrictions that allow the city to take enforcement actions should the operations at the location go beyond "limited industrial."
Maroney also said that a requested property survey showed the boundaries of the property and the existing buildings are correct and proper in relation to neighbors.
Brush will be cleaned and an old house on the property will be razed, said Auger. It has mold and rot issues and has been stripped in the interior. Auger said they hope to land other artisan craftsman for the spacious, well built facility. He mentioned a glass blower as an idea they have considered.