Make up for long-ago misplacement

At issue: Historic Dino’s building Bottom line: Park land deal needed

ANY TRUE CRAFTSMAN WILL tell you being off just a fraction of an inch on a measurement can cause all sorts of problems.

And when moving a historic structure, being off just a foot or two can cause real problems for someone down the road.

That someone in particular at the moment is Travis Lambrecht, whose efforts to continue and enhance his late uncle Dean’s iconic restaurant, Dino’s Pizza, has run afoul of a long-ago misplacement by whoever moved an historic 19th-century mill building from one side of South Milwaukee Street to the other.

The building, which Dean Lambrecht eventually turned into Plymouth’s first pizza restaurant more than half a century ago, apparently overlaps city park land on its north side.

Dean’s nephew discovered that when he had a survey of the property at 19 and 21 S. Milwaukee St. It was then that he learned the north wall of the building, as well as the north gravel driveway, are off the lot they are supposed to be on and on land that’s part of Bade Utility Park.

Apparently, whoever moved the building decades ago didn’t pay very close attention to the lot line when they dropped it in its new location.

That discovery, as Travis Lambrecht told the Plan Commission last week, “opened up a can of worms. I just want to pick them up and put them back in the can.”

To that end, he is trying to strike a deal with the city where he can buy enough land that all four walls of his building, as well as all of the driveway that encircles it, will belong to him when he buys it from his late uncle’s estate.

Any such deal has to go through the Park Board, the Plan Commission and the City Council before it can be finally sealed and delivered.

The Park Board recommended selling him the land for $1, with the provision that if the historic building should ever be destroyed and have to be rebuilt – let us hope that never happens – the new structure would have to be relocated entirely on the lot as it originally existed and the strip of former park land would be sold back to the city for the same $1.

The Plan Commission went along with that suggestion, deciding that the strip of land should be 25 feet north of the existing lot line and extend from South Milwaukee Street to the Mullet River.

Now it remains for the City Council to put their stamp of approval on the deal and then Travis Lambrecht will be able to move forward with his ambitious plans for one of the oldest eateries in the city.

Dino’s nephew hopes to reside and remodel the building and add outdoor seating while continuing to carry on the tasty and time-tested legacy of his uncle.

From its humble beginnings in the pizza-making ambitions of an engineering school dropout, Dino’s grew into a Plymouth institution that drew customers – and rave reviews – from throughout the Midwest, including a best of the best rating from Midwest Living magazine.

It would be a shame if a misplacement of a few feet from more than a century ago were to stand in the way of maintaining and building on the legacy of Dino’s.

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