Carriage houses could be on their way back in Minneapolis

  • Article by: Don Jacobson , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 20, 2013 - 7:58 PM

Minneapolis studies whether a housing concept from the 1890s makes sense as a way to keep families together in the city.

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dsteinbe1977Jun. 20, 13 8:44 PM

Wish they would allow them in Golden Valley.

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kondiratorJun. 21, 13 7:46 AM

Didn't The Fonz live in a carriage house behind Richie Cunningham's house?

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hjlazniJun. 21, 13 9:11 AM

The focus on units above garages makes little sense for seniors who would have to climb stairs. build the unit attached to the garage on ground level.

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joemamaswJun. 21, 1312:23 PM

My wife and I live in the SW and I would really like to add a studio like unit to the new garage we are interested in building. Not as an apartment or rental unit but as an office work space. The opportunity to have an office space that is detached from our home provides a little buffer from the distractions of home. And walking to work instead of driving would be wonderful.

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jbaumeisterJun. 21, 1312:40 PM

The city NEEDS to remember to mandate that renters be given easy access to a storm shelter in the main house (i.e. the basement) or else these ADUs will be death traps in the event of another urban tornado.

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cecc0011Jun. 21, 13 2:33 PM

@hjlazni, I think that's the beauty of removing regulations (as much as humanly possible)... people can choose to keep their garage at ground level and build up for singles/couples in their 20s/30s, or replace the garage area with at-grade units. Investigating this as an option is a great first step in allowing more people access to the amazing amenities Minneapolis has and lowering aggregate housing prices. I hope Minneapolis does it right and loosens up height and lot coverage restrictions.

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hittodeadJun. 21, 13 5:21 PM

cecc0011: "I hope Minneapolis does it right and loosens up height and lot coverage restrictions." The lot coverage restrictions were created only a few years ago in response to the trend of developers buying smaller, "outdated" homes in desirable neighborhoods and razing them to build McMansions that engulfed the entire property. Those restrictions need to remain, but could be amended to allow for the type of structures featured in this article.

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