Chanhassen, Minn. — This week’s public opening of Prince’s suburban Minneapolis estate and studio complex likely will be delayed because the city council indefinitely postponed voting on a rezoning request for the complex to be operated as a museum.
The Chanhassen City Council tabled the request 3-2 Monday night after more than three hours of debate. Traffic and safety issues were among the concerns cited.
Tours were due to begin Thursday. It’s not clear what the council’s delay means for people who’ve already purchased tickets. Paisley Park has not confirmed the opening will be delayed, but its website has suspended further sales.
Councilwoman Bethany Tjornhom said the community needs time to consider whether it wants to be a “tourist town” and host an anticipated 600,000 visitors a year.
Prince died in April of an accidental painkiller overdose at Paisley Park.