Council tables demolition issue until December

Church requests more time to meet with neighbors on issue

A request by a Stillwater church to demolish two homes it owns was tabled by the Stillwater City Council Tuesday after church leaders asked for more time to talk to neighboring residents about the issue.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church officials told the council that they plan a Nov. 8 open house to listen and talk with neighbors about the church request to take down structures at 216 Willard St. West and 604 Fourth St. South.

Church officials said the delay allows the church time to try and address the neighbor’s concerns.

St. Paul’s purchased the two homes and sought city permission to demolish the structures and create open space for outdoor events. Some residents opposed church’s plans, claiming the homes were historic structures.

Tuesday’s council decision granting the delay places a 60-day extension on the St. Paul’s demolition request.

In other action, the council:

  • Appointed Sean Hade to one of two openings on the City Planning Commission. The city seeks applications to fill a second opening on the nine-member panel. Persons interested can call City Hall at 651-430-8800 or visit for more information.
  • Voted to use reserve funds to expand and update the South Lowell Park restroom. The new 750-square-foot structure will be set back 90 feet from the river. The state Department of Natural Resources is satisfied with the plans.
  • Voted to send a notice of intent to annex to properties surrounding a 2.86-area on Minnesota Highway 36 and Greeley Street. The small parcel of land is currently part of Stillwater Township and the township has approved the annexation. The landowner is not known.