The city of St. Michael has announced that the former Cinemagic theater building has been purchased by a new owner.
The building has been vacant for about three years, and plans have continually evolved to find a new user. It opened in 2007.
“We are happy to report that the former theater building (near Interstate 94) was purchased and the new owners are working on finalizing details for the use of the building before announcing their plans for it,” the city said on its Facebook site. “We’ll post more information once it’s available. Hopefully it will be a vibrant business again very soon!”
The building is currently zoned B-1, General Business and most retail or business/office uses would be allowed there.
In other city-related news, the city council recently met and took public input regarding the possibility of using land owned by Alleluia Lutheran Church off of 30th Street NE for haunted hay rides.
John Hendrickson, Chris Olsen, and Joe Chrobak said the church would like to open for three weekends prior to Halloween. They said there would be no alcohol and the parking is substantial for the event.
The group was encouraged to contact Community Development Director Marc Weigle to discuss the procedures for obtaining a permit for such an event.
There was also discussion about the tax-exempt status of the land and whether it would be taxable if such an event were hosted each year. It was noted that City Assessor Jane Grossinger would better be able to answer that question and discuss possible options with them.
Lastly, the council heard from Dist. 30B state representative Republican candidate Eric Lucero, who lives in the small part of Dayton that is located in Wright County and Dist. 30B. He provided the council with some campaign literature and went over his personal background, education and work experience.