Permit recommended for new funeral home

The Pipestone Planning Commission during its Sept. 21 meeting voted to recommend that the Pipestone City Council approve a conditional use permit for a new Hartquist Funeral Home at 400 Second Ave. SW, which is the north lot of the former Central School property.

Jeff Hartquist bought the property for $28,000 during a tax-forfeiture auction held Aug. 24. The lot is 190 feet by 316.5 feet, according to documents presented to the planning commission by Pipestone Building and Zoning Official Doug Fortune. The property is zoned R-2, urban residential district, and a funeral home is allowed with a conditional use permit.

Tentative architectural drawings Fortune presented during the meeting showed a 122-foot by 74-foot, 8-inch, 9,047 square foot structure. The plans show a chapel, community room, offices, restrooms and other rooms. The proposed building would have a three-car garage with access from Third Avenue SW.

The plans show a parking lot with 65 parking spaces. Fortune said the architect would have to add a third handicapped parking space because there are more than 60 parking spaces.

No one spoke during the public hearing the planning commission held prior to its vote to recommend that the city council approve the permit. Planning Commission Chair Thad Reinert said the city council will consider that recommendation at its next regular meeting, which is on Oct. 3.