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Conflict of interest charged in Minneapolis planning process

David Motzenbecker, president of the Minneapolis City Planning Commission, has been accused of violating the city’s ethics code over his role in a loft project at the Pillsbury “A” Mill site.

Neighbors have questioned the project and one of them, Minneapolis attorney Kathleen Flynn Peterson, filed the complaint with the city last month. It notes that Motzenbecker, a landscape architect, works for the Minneapolis-based BKV Group, which is the project architect hired by Plymouth-based Dominium to work on the “A” Mill site development, according to a story in Finance & Commerce.

The story says Motzenbecker recused himself and did not vote on the A-Mill Artist Lofts project at the April 23 meeting of the Minneapolis City Planning Commission.

Motzenbecker could not be reached for comment, the story says.

Owen Metz, senior development associate with Dominium told Finance & Commerce in an email: “We are disappointed by the complaint and have the full confidence in the ethics and integrity of the members of our development team.”

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Ray Marshall on 05/16/2012 - 09:55 pm.

    Ethics

    If he recused himself, what’s the issue?

    Or is Kathleen Flynn Peterson opposed to the project under any circumstances and will use her law license in an attempt to get her way.

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