July 16, 2012 by Sarah M
//By Patrick Roche//
LOWRY HILL — A duplex at 1925 Colfax Ave. S. is set to be demolished to make way for parking for a nearby restaurant.
The parking lot, to be located between Lowry Hill Liquor and Rye Deli, would serve Burch, a steakhouse expected to open in coming months. The Nolan Company acquired the former Burch Pharmacy building at the intersection of Hennepin and Franklin avenues this spring and is in the process of major renovations.
The company confirmed its intention to demolish the nearby duplex in a July press release.
“Parking is vital to attracting the high-quality, local businesses,” the statement read. It also noted the lack of off-street parking was considered the biggest obstacle for reinvestment in the property.
Patrick Sadler of City Council Member Lisa Goodman’s Ward 7 office said the neighborhood was supportive of the decision to demolish the house. But not all neighbors are supportive: Joyce Murphy lives near the house and said she was upset at the possibility of the house being destroyed.
“It seems so wrong to take an old house like that and turn it into a parking lot,” Murphy said.
The statement from Nolan maintained the lot would be “adequately screened with landscaping and provide additional bicycle parking” and that the parking was essential to saving the Burch Building.
The 1908 house is a commercially zoned rental duplex with six bedrooms and three bathrooms.