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Over the objections of one member, the New Ulm City Council voted Tuesday to allow a record and vintage toy shop to operate in an industrial-zoned area at 326 Center Street.

NEW ULM– The new record and vintage toy store at 326 Center Street was approved for an interim use permit by the City Council on Tuesday.

The approval permit approval process for this store took more than a month due to concerns over the type of permit. Initially, the applicant, James Sowers, had applied for a conditional use permit to operate the business at this location. The property is zoned as general industrial zoning and was previously owned by Minnesota Valley Testing Labs.

A permit is required to allow a retail business to operate in an industrial district.

City staff recommended approval for the CUP, viewing this type of business as less intense…

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