Demolition of Terrace Theatre in Robbinsdale halted

- Demolition work on the Terrace Theatre in Robbinsdale was halted Saturday after a Hennepin County judge granted an injunction, stopping the work until at least Monday afternoon.

The City of Robbinsdale confirms the demolition permit was picked up on Friday, but no timetable was provided.

The stoppage came after the group Friends of the Terrace filed an appeal Friday to a judge’s ruling Sept 19th that in effect allowed the demolition work to move forward. 

Crews spent hours using asphalt to fill the hole in the front of the structure, and keep any more of the building from being damaged. Certain artifacts were to be preserved.

“I thought it was my duty to come down and watch, and make sure nothing more happened,” said Aaron Roufs, who was among those in a crowd who watched the construction crew work.

The theatre has been empty for years and has fallen into disrepair.

City of Robbinsdale officials approved the permit to tear down the historic theatre, first built in 1951, even though concrete redevelopment plans have stalled.

Hy-Vee backed off plans to build a new store on the site after community members organized a petition drive to save the theatre.

“It’s a travesty, this building should be saved for kids and their grandchildren,” said Jay Miller, who opposes the demolition.  It’s a terrible resource to waste.”

The work is only halted until 4:30 p.m. Monday afternoon. A judge would have to decide whether the demolition work would begin once again or be put on hold pending the outcome of the appeal filed in the case.

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