Edina ends pursuit of eminent domain on Hooten Cleaners

The city of Edina has ended its pursuit of purchasing the Hooten Cleaners site using eminent domain.

The Edina City Council unanimously approved rescinding its authority to purchase the property at 3944 W. 49 1/2 St., during its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

The council approved the use of eminent domain with a split vote in September amid criticism from the community. The city’s plan was to build a parking ramp with a possible municipal liquor store on the first floor on the property.

The only discussion among the council members prior to the Jan. 7 vote focused on the wording of the resolution on which they were voting.

Jim Yarosh of Siegel Brill, the attorney for Hooten Cleaners owners Soon and Jenny Park, said he hopes the city commits to letting the Parks pursue what they want for the property.

It’s better for the Parks if they’re not under the threat of condemnation, Yarosh said. The couple is considering a private deal with a third-party bid and will see where that goes, he said.

The council requested the resolution in December due to the Parks receiving a third-party bid to purchase the property which caused the city’s purchase of the property to be no longer cost effective.