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Council adopts zoning changes, special use permits

First the law had to change Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Then the Superior City Council could consider a special use permits that pave the way for redevelopment of the Carnegie library at 1204 Hammond Ave., and let Ravin Crossbows move to a larger facility at 3535 Tower Ave.

The Council approved a change to its apartment residential zoning districts to allow co-working spaces.

Under the new apartment residential code special uses will be allowed for buildings that have historic value to the community and are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

It must be located on an arterial or minor arterial street as designation in the city's comprehensive plan, and no additional structures or buildings except the historic building are proposed for the development. A minimum of 12 off-street parking spaces and screening are required and must be approved by the planning director.

If those conditions are met, a special use permit allows the space to be used for office space, personal services, retail sales limited to small wares directly related to personal services, a cafe that doesn't require a commercial kitchen, public or private museum, and college or university and event space.

Outside storage and display of merchandise or services and outside or window advertising are prohibited, but one multi-tenant 32-square-foot sign is allow and should complement the historic nature of the building and the residential zoning.

With the zoning change in place, the Council approved a special use permit to Andrew Osterlund of Osterlund Architects in Raleigh, North Carolina. Osterlund, who's mother once walked among the shelves of Wisconsin's first Carnegie library, is planning to rehabilitate the long vacant building for co-working spaces that cater to small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs.

"A co-working facility is sort of a modern evolution of office space," Osterlund told the city's Plan Commission last month. "Instead of enclosed offices, these are wide-open spaces. Instead of renting offices, you can rent desks, or you can simply have a membership to have card access to the facility. Our goal is to have a commercial co-use here."

Osterlund said personal services, a cafe open to the public and events such as lectures and seminars are all opportunities for the historic space. Members would have 24-hour access to the building, and the public would have access 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. except for the occasional event that could run until 11 p.m.

Osterlund's parking plan for the building includes 15 spaces cut diagonally across the lawn on the southeast corner of the property, allowing for large trees south of the library to be retained.

The council also approved a change to its zoning code to allow special uses for assembly-based light manufacturing in a C2 highway commercial zone. The change requires the facility to be located in an existing building that is over 80,000 square feet in the floor area. Light manufacturing uses are restricted to assembly-based operations and outside storage of materials or equipment is prohibited.

The outside appearance of the building must maintain integrity of surrounding properties and loading docks must not be visible from main thoroughfares. Signs are only allowed on the building and must meet the city's sign code.

With the newly adopted ordinance change in place, the Council approved a special use permit for Stack Trust on behalf of Ravin Crossbow. Stack Trust owns the former Target store at 3535 Tower Ave.

After purchasing the building when Target closed, William Stack of Stack Trust said he initially sought retailers to fill the space, but those efforts were unsuccessful.

Ravin Crossbow is planning to move all its operations from the Mariner Mall to the facility to get all its operations in one space.