Despite our office having found this info before from the County, and despite having reported it to the individual who asked us to look into it, there have still been rumors flying that the Boys Totem Town site is restricted by some kind of covenant to an exclusively public use. These rumors are NOT TRUE.
The Ramsey County Attorney's Office has sent us the attached letter stating that there are NO RESTRICTIONS ON USE in the deed for the site.
This does NOT mean that anything goes at this site. The site is still governed by the underlying zoning constraints that the CITY institutes. What the public needs to know is that, if and when a large parcel of land such as this comes up for sale, it is quite common - and indeed wise - for the City to undertake a zoning study to see if the existing zoning is appropriate. We have been told by the City that it WILL conduct such a study when and if a large portion of this site becomes available for sale. This is a part of the CITY PROCESS - with its own public input process - that is NOT YET UNDERWAY...
In addition, we have the word of County Commissioner McDonough that the County WILL NOT sell the property until such a study has been done and any zoning changes are completed.
Again, none of this information is new. We reported it to the community members previously when their question about it first arose.
SouthEast Community Org Staff