Prince’s Pais­ley Park mu­seum can open per­ma­nently

Malta Independent - - FEATURE -

Prince’s Pais­ley Park record­ing stu­dio and home will be­gin op­er­at­ing as a per­ma­nent mu­seum this week, fol­low­ing a Min­nesota city coun­cil re­zon­ing vote.

The Chan­has­sen City Coun­cil signed off on the re­zon­ing re­quest Mon­day, but also will re­quire a traf­fic study to ad­dress con­cerns from coun­cil mem­bers and res­i­dents about pedes­trian safety, traf­fic and park­ing, the Star Tri­bune (http://strib.mn/2eMf2VS ) re­ported.

Ear­lier this month, the coun­cil tabled the re­quest by the trust com­pany over­see­ing the late su­per­star’s es­tate, a move that nearly de­layed the mu­seum’s Oct. 6 open­ing be­fore a tem­po­rary op­er­at­ing per­mit was granted.

The mu­seum’s web­site said tours will be­gin again Fri­day.

Mayor Denny Laufen­burger told the news­pa­per that he was pleased with the city coun­cil’s de­ci­sion, call­ing it a “big ben­e­fit for the com­mu­nity.”

But St. Paul resident She­lia Clay­tor, who was one of 30 peo­ple to at­tend Mon­day’s meet­ing, said ev­ery­thing was “a rush job.”

The mu­seum, which dis­plays Prince’s gui­tars, “Pur­ple Rain” mo­tor­cy­cle and his ashes in a dec­o­ra­tive urn, is ex­pected to draw 600,000 peo­ple a year.

“Prince’s mu­seum is go­ing to out­live us all,” said Joel Wein­shanker with Grace­land Hold­ings, which is over­see­ing the mu­seum.

Prince died April 21 of an ac­ci­den­tal over­dose at Pais­ley Park, a 65,000-square-foot com­plex out­side of the Twin Cities area.

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