Bode seeks to purchase Weeds & Reeds building for real estate office

NEW?ULM – The New Ulm City Council will consider a conditional use permit (CUP) application to use the historic New Ulm Oil Company Service Station building at Broadway and 5th North Street for a real estate office.

Real estate agent Eric Bode is asking to move his real estate office to the building, which for several years housed the Weeds & Reeds shop.

The building, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, has a unique architectural design. It has two towers on either end that were designed to look like Dutch windmills.

The property is owned by John and Kathryn Schladweiler, and Bode has a purchase agreement on the property.

The New Ulm Planning Commission recommended approval of the CUP at its Dec. 26 meeting, with several conditions: that the conditions will apply to all future owners and occupants; that the business operate during normal hours, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.; that renovation and rehabilitation of the exterior of the building comply with the regulations of the Minnesota Historical Society, and reviewed and approved by the Heritage Preservation Commission, and that all exterior lighting be directed away from adjoining residential properties.

The parking variance requires a total of four parking spaces.

The council will also consider a number of organizational and beginning of the year matters, including approving the mayor’s appointments to city commissions and boards, appointing council members to various committees, and approving the 2014 Capital Improvement Program.

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