A Riverside couple’s plan to build a wedding venue along River Street may face some hurdles.

Dwight and Michelle Miller asked the Riverside Planning and Zoning Commission for its opinion on the possibility for exemptions to city requirements for a cement or asphalt parking lot and wood or masonry buildings.

“We want to put in a gravel parking lot, and the building would be metal,” Michelle told the commissioners at their Sept. 24 meeting. “If we have to put in a cement parking lot, that’s a deal breaker; that’s $125,000.”

The commission did not make any decisions but recommended that the couple apply for variances to the city requirements.

The wedding venue would go on the farmland adjacent to the Stutsman’s property. That property has two large anhydrous ammonia tanks on it, which raised concerns for evacuating the event center in the event of a leak.

“It would not be easy to evacuate people,” Christine Kirkwood said.

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