Minneapolis home program off to a slow start

  • Article by: Steve Brandt , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 4, 2013 - 5:01 PM

Only three homes are under construction a year after Minneapolis unveiled plans to build 100 energy-efficient houses in area hit by May 2011 tornado.

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nonsuberJul. 4, 1311:00 PM

What makes these homes "Green"? $60-70K each in tax dollars pays a lot of utility bills. One would think that after realizing Eco-village was not panning out, CPED would rethink trying to do additional "green" infill to the almost 600 vacant lots it has created in North Minneapolis through demolitions. However, absent better planning, federal green initiative funding is all it has to work with. Problem is, People (not even low income families) don't want these homes and non-profit partners must jump through hoops to satisfy complicated funding requirements. Meanwhile funding from property taxes has slowed to a trickle and the 2010-2014 plan to belt tighten further includes: - Discontinue the purchase of blighted, foreclosed, or vacant properties.(demo and build green) - Increased disposal of existing city owned properties to reduce costs. - Discontinue maintenance on city property. - Eliminate homeownership incentive programs. - Eliminate Mortgage programs. - Eliminate or reduce single family support programs such as home improvement loans and grants. - Eliminate support for such programs as Paint-a-thon, Touch of Kindness, It's all about kids. - Continue staff reduction through guided attrition. Is it any wonder that with 50-75% investment property and slumlords running rampant with lax licensing and inspections that property values lag behind the rest of the metro?

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