ROBBINSDALE - For now, the Terrace Theatre will remain standing.
As of Monday evening, the decision on whether to continue demolition has not been made. Friends of the Terrace is a group fighting to preserve the building. Its attorney, Erik Hanson, says a ruling could come late Monday or Tuesday. Currently, a hearing regarding the Terrace Theatre is on the calendar for October 10, but Hansen says that likely won't happen.
On Saturday morning, contractors and members of J&J Construction started prepping the site for demolition. But by Saturday afternoon, a large group of people opposing the demolition ordered for the stoppage.
The Terrace Theatre has been vacant for 17 years, but Hanson says the impromptu demolition never should’ve started.
“They started up on demolition while the judge was in the car signing the order,” he said holding the document in his hand. “We have an order in place saying that demolition is on hold at a minimum until Monday at 4:30 p.m. We are disappointed that they would take a step with a judge orally telling them that there was an order in place while they are moving forward to demolition.”
Heidi Karoening, state supervisor for solid waste compliance and enforcement, said the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency received the notification of intent to demolish the building at 3508 France Ave. North on August 15. Monday, MPCA received two complaints from concerned citizens regarding the emission of dust and the lack of a safety fence. An inspector from the state's storm water program was sent to survey the site. Karoening said the agency doesn't require safety fences for demolition of commercial property. She was unclear if fences are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Earlier this month, Judge Michael K. Browne issued an order denying the Friends of the Terrace motion for a temporary restraining order. The temporary restraining order was to prevent the owners of the Terrace Theater from demolishing the building. Days later, Hanson submitted an appeal on behalf of his clients. He told KARE 11 the attempt to tear the building down Saturday was an attempt to stop the Minnesota Court of Appeals from agreeing or disagreeing with Judge Browne.
In August, Hy-Vee delayed its plans to redevelop the site. The Robbinsdale City Council is in favor of redeveloping the property.