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Permits approved for golf carts, art

Roger Hocking sells golf carts out of his Henrietta Avenue home. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

A man will be allowed to continue selling golf carts on his residential property on Henrietta Avenue.

The Park Rapids Planning Commission approved a Conditional Use Permit Monday night for Roger Hocking.

Hocking asked for a permit to place two golf carts at the end of his driveway at 607 Henrietta Ave. S. to sell carts and batteries. Any other golf carts would be stored inside the garage.

Hocking said two to three people stop each week to look at golf carts so there wouldn't be a traffic problem.

City planner Dan Walker said he recommended allowing two carts displayed on the property because of the location. Properties north of Hocking's property are zoned commercial.

Walker said he received some comments from neighbors who were concerned about an outdoor display of carts. On a site visit in July, Walker saw 8-10 carts outside. The permit will allow only two carts to be displayed outside.

The commission recommended the permit to the city council with conditions that no more than two carts be displayed outside, only one sign is allowed and will not exceed four feet, the homeowner must comply with other requirements of home occupation according to ordinance and no expansion of the use will be permitted. If Hocking decides to have a sign he will need to apply for a sign permit with the city.

A Conditional Use Permit was also recommended for Gabor Nemeth to have an art gallery and art school at the former car dealership property on Highway 71 near the airport. The lot is in a light industrial district.

Nemeth is requesting to use the building to display his personal art collection as well as other local and national artists' works. He also has a desire to use the building for art education classes, lectures, an art resource center and possibly an art club.

Walker said Nemeth does not intend to use the building as a retail outlet but some work might be offered for sale from time to time. The applicant's goal is to create a greater interest in fine art and help promote Park Rapids as an art destination and art community.

The commission recommended the permit to the city council with the conditions that Nemeth provides a site and building plan to staff for review, that he provides a landscape plan with the minimum required plantings, work with city staff to fix an existing right of way encroachment issue and go to the city if the existing signage is changed.

A request for a Conditional Use Permit for Lakes Area Vineyard Church to allow a church at 119 Main Avenue S. was removed from the agenda after the application was withdrawn. After discussions with Downtown Business Association members and a statement made from the DBA about its mission to promote retail activity in downtown, church members decided to look at different venues in the city of Park Rapids.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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