Council approves building plans

Register file photo: The former Pizza Ranch restaurant in the Village Square Mall was torn down in May. The Brookings City Council last week approved an amendment to the planned development on the property.

BROOKINGS – The Brookings City Council met in a special session Friday, working on employee issues and approving building plans on Sixth Street. 

The executive session started at noon and ran to 3 p.m., with the public session starting at 3:15 p.m.

Councilors Dan Hansen and Nick Wendell were absent.

The executive session was called for the purpose of discussing the qualifications, competence, performance, character or fitness of any public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee. The council did not make any decision after coming out of executive session.

During the public meeting, Mike Struck, director of Community Development, explained the amendment to a planned development on Sixth Street, where the Pizza Ranch restaurant used to be located. The building has been torn down, and the owners are proposing to construct a new building.

The old building was 5,300 square feet and the proposed one will be a 7,280-square-foot shopping plaza with either three or four tenant spaces. A landscaped patio area will serve as an amenity on the south side of the building and satisfy the foundation planting requirement. The uses will be consistent with those listed in the B-2 District, according to the attachment to the agenda available on the city’s website.

The amendment is needed due to the building being bigger, that it will be shifted to the east, and the re-alignment of the entry way on Sixth Street, Struck said.

The council approved the amendment.

The council approved a temporary alcohol application from Aramark Education Services for an engineering administration gathering on Aug. 22 at the South Dakota State University Alumni Center.

The next meeting of the council will be Aug. 27, starting with a budget study session at 5 p.m.

Contact Jodelle Greiner at [email protected]

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