Edina tightens teardown rules

  • Article by: Mary Jane Smetanka , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:44 PM

A building enforcement specialist will oversee projects.

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jctwincitiesApr. 4, 1312:06 PM

As an Edina resident who is planning to do some major remodeling, this does not seem like an unreasonable change to me and should have the effect of weeding out the irresponsible speculative builders who have been giving good builders a bad rep. Having read responses to comments on this topic in the past, here are a few thoughts on anticipated comments: 1) We're not building a McMansion. Our plans call for building a 2 story house on a 1100 Sq. Ft. foundation. We also plan to increase insulation and replace concrete with semi-permeable surfaces to reduce run-off, plus plant several trees as the previous owners had let a few older trees die off without replacing them. 2) We're not destroying a perfectly good home, we're adding value where it's welcome. As I surveyed our 2 bedroom, one full bath 1950's home during an open house before making an offer, many people commented that the home needed A LOT of work and didn't seem interested. I saw this as an opportunity to reuse a foundation and several walls. 3) Yes, the increased value of our home may increase taxes of neighboring homes, but the increase in taxes is always offset by an even greater increase in the value of homes. Edina's taxes are generally lower than Minneapolis for similar valued homes. 4) Edina still has affordable housing. As of this morning, there are 16 3 bedroom homes listed for sale for less than $350k. 5) Edina is not filled with 100% snooty rich people. We've been saving for remodeling for 10 years and we've met several other families who are on a similar path.

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rogercarlsonApr. 4, 1312:15 PM

Maybe Scott Neal should stop blogging and start doing his job so that Edina doesn’t have to hire yet another full time employee to do it for him.

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brockbrockApr. 4, 13 1:34 PM

jctwincities is a perfect example of Edina mentality..."McMansions and teardowns are bad, but what I am doing is the the perfect and right amount one should spend on improvements - BE LIKE ME"...the gall of someone to suggest that anyone who spends $1 more than them falls into the "snooty and rich" camp...

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brockbrockApr. 4, 13 1:51 PM

Scott Neal shoudl pay for the position by selling off pieces of that glorious beard...I will pay $1000 for the sideburns

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rogercarlsonApr. 4, 13 2:02 PM

jctwincities - $350k is not affordable housing. That, by the way, is about 2x the national average home price.

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chestrockApr. 4, 13 2:04 PM

jctwincities thank you for that very clear description...i am salivating at the thought of buying the remodeled house from you and tearing it down

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mspreader1Apr. 5, 13 9:30 PM

Wow" there are some jealous folks out commenting on this story. The reality is get over it people....period. Nobody is telling you how to spend your money and nobody is asking you how to spend there own. Not you can't afford to do or have the courage and patience to do what jctwincities or others are doing so what. Get over it. Why do you care? And more importantly why are these people getting taken advantage of to appease a few hypocritical self absorbed neighbors? All the rules are asinine and I imagine half are broken by the "I was there first and can't accept change or rights" neighbors....careful what you ask for.

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