What Do You Think of Rafters' Rooftop Patio Proposal?
Rafters Food and Spirits Owner Larry Cramer is proposing to build downtown Stillwater's first rooftop patio. The proposal will go before the planning and heritage preservation commissions next month.
If the proposal were to pass through those two commissions with favorable recommendations, downtown’s first rooftop patio would go before the City Council for discussion, and eventually, a vote.
Cramer told the Pioneer Press that the idea of a rooftop patio came when he was eating at Stella's rooftop patio in Uptown and thought: "My view is 10,000 times better than this."
It would be tough to disagree.
But the proposal has also brought opposition.
Stillwater businessman, Patrick Anderson, of Marine Leasing, told WCCO that the rooftop patio creates concerns of safety, burglary, vandalism and noise complaints. He also fears that people will throw things from the rooftop, clog drains, cause a roof to collapse or possibly start a fire.
What do you think of Rafters having a rooftop patio? Leave your thoughts in the comment section and and vote in our poll.
The Heritage Preservation Commission is scheduled to hear the proposal on May 7. The rooftop proposal is set to go before the Planning Commission on May 14. Both meetings will take place at Stillwater City Hall.