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New rules could govern teen club
Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

At 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night, Skylar Rekstad walked away from a city council work session feeling pretty good. Rekstad wants to open a club for teens in Rosemount. And while the council wants to make sure the business has some rules to follow, Rekstad said they don't seem to want to make them so strict he can't run the business.

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Rekstad wants to open Solaris Night Club and Lounge in the former Loon Cafe and Big Daddy's Restaurant spaces in the Loch Blake building on the corner of 145 Street and South Robert Trail. The club would cater to teens 16 to 20 years old and would include a dance floor, a restaurant seating area, a pool table and game area and a lounge area.

To start the process of getting city approval he submitted an application for a conditional use permit. A public hearing for the permit was continued to take more resident comment and to allow staff time to get more information on this type of business. The planning commission will re-open the public hearing July 28.

In the meantime, city staff has proposed the city council create an ordinance to regulate Solaris and other similar businesses.

Going into Tuesday's work session Rekstad wasn't sure what to expect. He only knew the city council wanted to talk about creating an ordinance that would regulate entertainment establishments including dance clubs, billiard halls and arcade parlors.

"I don't want them to pass something that locks me into parameters that hurt my business," Rekstad said on Tuesday.

After a lengthy discussion with the council on Tuesday night, Rekstad said he didn't feel that would be the case. He said he left the meeting feeling as though the council had heard his concerns and that everyone was on the same page.

"If written correctly I think the ordinance could actually help us out," said Rekstad.

Issues discussed during the work session include what types of establishments the ordinance will regulate, site security, hours and days of operation, who will be able to access the club and age restrictions.

City planner Eric Zweber said the city only requires business licenses in unique circumstances. Other businesses that require licensure include bars, restaurants and massage parlors.

"We require licenses for circumstances that are unique and could bring up public welfare issues," said Zweber.

Mayor Bill Droste said he thinks the night club could be good for Rosemount but he also believes some issues that could arise from such a business require the council to regulate it more than others.

"I think there are a lot of things that need to be understood for the benefit of both parties," Droste said, referring to the city and Rekstad.

Zweber now has the task of drafting the ordinance based on Tuesday night's discussion. He said the council talked about the major components and what should be included. He said the city has a template for business licenses and will follow that when constructing the ordinance. Like other business licenses there will be a fee to attain one.

The first reading will be held at the July 21 meeting and a second at the Aug. 3 council meeting.

Rekstad said passage of the ordinance should not interfere with his timeline. He hopes to open Solaris sometime in the fall.

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