EDINA, Minn. -- There is a new trend in the City of Edina. Small houses are being torn down to make way for new, much larger, ones. And it's not going unnoticed.
"If the house blended in and they did it quietly, I don't really think it would be an issue, but this is such and in your face deal that its really got everyone's attention," says Brian Reesman.
Brian is all for progress and even is pleased that his property value will likely increase, but he's just not so happy about the mega-home that will soon live two doors down.
"We would have preferred a little study of what's reasonable and what would fit," says Reesman.
It's not a unique situation. Last year the city of Edina issued nearly 100 demolition permits and is on pace to do even more in 2013.
"The kind of redevelopment that we see occurring in our tax base is really good for our tax base, but on a micro-scale, when you get into an individual neighborhood, it's really hard on the neighborhood. so, it's a difficult public policy issue to balance," says City Manager Scott Neal.
But the city thinks it can balance it and thinks it's worth it too. The price of the average home being torn down is $350,000. The average price of the home taking its place? $1,000,000. That translates into a net increase in tax base of $131,000,000 over the last five years.
As for those concerned citizens? The city understands.
"We created a new position called a redevelopment coordinator who does nothing but address these issues in Edina," says Neal
That is a comfort to people like Brian Reesman who has been trying to be patient with the process.
"I just feel it should be a little more controlled," he says.
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