The city of Brainerd, Anderson Cleaners and First Lutheran Church have reached an agreement concerning the alley vacation between the cleaning business and the church.
The mediated settlement agreement, dated Thursday, still needs the approval of the Brainerd City Council and the First Lutheran Church congregation.
On Sept. 19, Anderson Cleaners sued the city of Brainerd over the city council's Aug. 19 decision to close the alley behind the business.
First Lutheran Church requested closing the alley to expand its facility. Owners of Anderson Cleaners said closing the alley would hurt the business because they could not do business and have deliveries at the shop's rear entry.
In return for Anderson Cleaners dismissing its lawsuit, First Lutheran Church would deed to the cleaning business an 18-foot by 140-foot parcel of land on the north side of the business, located on South Eighth Street.
Other terms of the settlement agreement include Anderson Cleaners would deed to First Lutheran Church a permanent, non-exclusive easement to the 18-foot by 140-foot parcel for church parking purposes and the property would only be used for parking purposes; Anderson Cleaners would waive its right to a damage hearing as provided by Brainerd City Code; if utilities are unavailable to Anderson Cleaners as a result of church construction, the church would pay $1,000 per day; and First Lutheran Church would continue to plow snow from the property and the alley.
Both Jerry Feriancek, who along with his wife, Rose Feriancek, owns Anderson Cleaners, and Andrew Smith, senior pastor at First Lutheran Church, declined to comment on the mediated settlement agreement.
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