Holdout homeowners put Minneapolis library plans in limbo

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 27, 2013 - 8:05 PM

Plans for a $15 million library in north Minneapolis, in the works since 2008, have been held up by the owners of one house.

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karlajMay. 27, 13 7:33 PM

county needs to move on. It can't let one property owner extort them.

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vampress_meMay. 27, 13 7:44 PM

Hmm...we the taxpayers of MN just bailed out Minneapolis from their other library fiasco, and now they want to build another overpriced library? Wow.

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DLBabatzMay. 27, 13 7:48 PM

The Folwell Neighborhood Association should be questioning the property owners motivation, not the County's. From what is written, the County's motivation to provide this neighborhood a new library, while paying fair market value for the acquired properties, is clear. The only thing in the way is an opportunist that is demanding at least 3x fair market value.

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FrankLMay. 27, 13 7:52 PM

All we have heard is whining from the library about how they don't have enough money to operate the libraries they have, but somehow they have the money for a new one?

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marketerMay. 27, 13 8:00 PM

Eminent domain. Obviously the Holler's are trying to gouge the County for their own benefit.

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raleighmamaMay. 27, 13 8:30 PM

Why don't they build the library on the current site? I remember when the current Webber Library was opened in 1980 how great they said it was. Shouldn't we expect a library building to last more than 33 years? Putting it on Memorial parkway is a dumb idea as the building would be out of character for the neighborhood.

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dtmonkeyboyMay. 27, 1311:42 PM

Ughhhhhhhh...do the people who comment on here understand the difference between the county and the city? They are two separate entities. The county runs the libraries. They want to build the library...so stop talking about it, as if it is a city programmer or initiative.

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MousefireMay. 28, 1312:03 PM

I live in the area (1 block off the parkway) and this whole thing has angered me since the beginning. I would love to see a nice new library that my kids could actually safely walk to. I think it is a great idea and would add so much to our neighborhood. I wish these greedy homeowners would just give up. If they moved into their home on Washburn, they would also benefit from this nice library addition to our area. It's needed for our kids and our community. It really is the best location as well. If I could plea to the homeowners to please sell, get what it's worth and understand that your donation would benefit the whole neighborhood. Maybe they coudl get a plaque with their names on it in the front of the building and even a lifetime membership. LOL

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mvcurtisMay. 28, 1312:25 PM

If the owners think its worth $1 millionm then tax them at that level, we'll see what they say then,

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kmudsonsMay. 28, 13 6:00 PM

I also live in the area. Several years ago the Hollers were gathering neighborhood signatures to help them "save" their property due to a "bureaucratic, minor oversight in some paperwork". Nothing was said about the library. Many people, myself included, were lied to. Shameful.

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