The City Council signed off on a rezoning request Monday after months of deliberation over traffic, pedestrian safety and parking. Earlier this month, the City Council tabled the request three days before the museum’s planned opening, saying they needed more time to study its potential impact on Chanhassen (Paisley Park is expected to attract 600,000 visitors a year). After receiving complaints from traveling fans who could have lost money if the museum didn’t open, the Council granted temporary permits that allowed the museum to open for tours on select days.
“I’m happy for the council, I’m happy for the community, I’m happy for the operator,” said Mayor Denny Laufenburger. “[It’s a] big benefit for the community.”
The museum has already welcomed about 12,000 people and there have been no reported complaints, according to Joel Weinshanker, the managing partner of Graceland Holdings, which is overseeing Paisley Park.
Still, the city will continue conduct a traffic study and has rerouted certain buses to facilitate entrance into Paisley Park. Fans are also no longer allowed to leave Prince mementos next to the front fence in order to reduce foot traffic.
Paisley Park will be open for tours Thursday through Sunday beginning this week. Tickets are priced at $38.50 for a standard tour and $100 for a VIP tour.
Prince died of a fatal drug overdose in April. Investigators are currently examining whether doctors illegally prescribed the pop star opioids or whether the Fentanyl that killed him came from black market sources.