Fines accrue, but north Minneapolis garage remains an eyesore

  • Article by: Jane Friedmann
  • Updated: November 28, 2012 - 9:25 AM

A severely damaged north Minneapolis garage has remained in disrepair despite years of complaints by neighbors. The city may soon be able to tear it down.

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randr69Nov. 24, 12 8:12 PM

it's funny that this went on for years and years without anything done about it but they were all over my mom on 27th and dupont for the same similar issues, and the sad thing is once we had the garage down they didnt even give us a week to get the clean up done before someone was out ticketing, then it was the yard and even though we did comply city employees came had a mpls pd kick the gate to our backyard in so they could clean for 20 minutes. if you go up the next block is an rv thats been sitting on the ground for years. there are boarded up houses all over the area and yet the city justifies ticketing some not ticketing others, over enforcing with some and not with others, claiming that we need to proud of our neighbourhoods, yet they dont take care of their own properties, or those who still own the abandoned boarded up properties.

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meechemillNov. 25, 1210:40 AM

Talk about incompetent city employees - this takes the cake! If the city was doing its job - the neighbors wouldn't have to complain and then to be told not to call anymore - wow - those employees should be fired!

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nonsuberNov. 25, 1210:54 AM

The way the City of Minneapolis addresses problem properties is a joke. The type of activity pictured here is but a symptom of the real problems. Instead of protecting it's residents from the behavior of landowners like this who break the State's Nuisance Property Laws aimed at the landowners, the City turns complaints over to CPED for code violations against the structure. These fines go unpaid and are handed down to any potential buyer of these unmaintained properties and the usual result is the taxpayers cleaning up the mess and destroying part of the fabric of their community. The fines don't address the antisocial behavioral issues that impact the neighborhood. Why doesn't the City utilize the State Nuisance Property Laws to make our community more livable?

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george13Nov. 25, 1211:01 AM

The neighbors need to stop hating. They are obviously discriminating on McBeath.

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archyopterxNov. 25, 12 7:10 PM

a book of matches would have taken care of it years ago.

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swmnguyNov. 25, 12 7:40 PM

What's the deal with Ms. McBeath? Does she live at the property? Is she disabled in some way? How did she come by the property? I can see if a poor person with a disability of some sort inherited an unwanted piece of property, the person being unable to do basic maintenance or afford to pay someone else to do it, or get it together to sell it.

Otherwise, as a property owner myself, things like this drive me crazy. A property two doors down lingered and festered for years because Countrywide wrote a ridiculous loan and Bank Of America was hiding the property in the "Shadow Inventory," until very recently. They must have gotten that particular mortgage included in a bundle sold to the Federal Government. Finally, recently, the property went to a flipper who renovated it and sold it last month to a young couple. But for at least 3 years it was an eyesore very similar to the property in this piece.

A little more information on how the property came to be in this condition would be helpful.

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mplsjohnNov. 26, 12 8:40 AM

Have the neighbors approached the owner and asked to help her to resolve the situation?

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redstateNov. 26, 12 5:18 PM

McBeath according to the story bought the property in 2003 for $130K. Is she making the payments on the eyesore? If you don't pay your property taxes, the lien holder is notified and they put the property taxes on your mortgage. How is this home owner paying that increased payment since usually the back taxes are added over just a couple years. Probably hasn't and if that is the case why hasn't this eye sore been forclosed on? Location location location. Thanks Clinton, Dodd and Frank.

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janefNov. 26, 12 6:12 PM

The property is currently valued at $45,000. The last year for which she paid property taxes was 2009.

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antisuburbsNov. 27, 1210:48 AM

What about all the eyesore homes in the area owned by banks? Why don't banks get fined for letting properties rot, but people do? That seems like an unfair double standard to me...

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