ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Plans to replace the Saint Marys reservoir with a new larger structure are moving forward after the Rochester City Council voted Monday to uphold a decision by the Zoning Board of Appeals.
The nearly 3.5 million gallon structure is set to be the largest reservoir in the city of Rochester, and though it will be built on the same spot as the current reservoir, it does not meet the height or set back requirements for the neighborhood.
In March the Zoning Board of Appeals voted to allow a variance for the structure, but neighbors who oppose the reservoir appealed the decision the City Council.
Several people spoke out against the project at Monday's meeting, arguing that it would be detrimental to the neighborhood and Saint Marys Park.
"If we project that we are going to have possibly 100 thousand people in this community in another 30 or 40 more years, that's all the more reason to guard this green space that we have and to listen to reason here," said John Kruesel a Rochester business owner.
After about two hours of debate, the Council voted on a 5-1 margin to uphold the decision of the Board, allowing for the variances.
Some council members said they appreciated and understood the concerns of neighbors, but felt that the reservoir was necessary for a growing community.
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