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Chanhassen city council approves Paisley Park museum plan

Photo of the exterior of Paisley Park / Photo courtesy of Paisley Park NPG Records

During its October 24 meeting, the city council of Chanhassen, Minn., home of Prince’s Paisley Park, approved a plan to turn Paisley Park into a museum. According to a report by KARE 11’s Jay Knoll, the council approved the plan to rezone Paisley Park from Industrial Office Park (IOP) designation to Planned Unit Development (PUD), which will facilitate the use of the building as a museum, in a 5 – 0 vote.

As has been reported previously on this site, the approval of the Paisley Park museum plan had been delayed due to traffic and other safety concerns. Chanhassen Mayor Denny Laufenburger, who publicly supported the museum, had argued for the council to move ahead with the rezoning. “I have concerns, too,” he said on October 4. “I had concerns on April 21st: would the city staff be prepared for the visitors who come to Chanhassen? And clearly, evidence shows that we as a city performed remarkably.”

KARE 11’s Knoll reports that Chanhassen city council members felt those concerns were addressed and unanimously approved the plan Monday night.

Chanhassen had previously granted temporary permits for Paisley Park tours to take place from Oct. 13 to 15, coinciding with the Prince tribute concert in St. Paul.

Information on availability of any upcoming tours can be found on Paisley Park’s website.