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MORATORIUM: Minneapolis calls time-out on tear-down projects

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Southwest Minneapolis may be a bustling spot for home builders, but complaints from neighbors that some contractors aren't following construction rules has city leaders pausing projects to listen.

A moratorium that will last into next year will put a stop to the tearing down of homes and even the new construction of others in some popular neighborhoods while the city works to improve communications between neighbors and builders while updating zoning rules.

In the Fulton neighborhood, it seems like every "For Sale" sign, there's also a giant Dumpster.

"I'm seeing older homes being ripped down as well and giant homes put up," Lorry Alexander.

The neighborhood is one of the hottest and most lucrative spots for builders to be, but Alexander is just looking for relief from the rush.

"You can see plywood; you can see nylon strapping," she said. "You can see a bunch of junk."

Alexander lives near two new homes that are under construction, but she says the builder across the street is violating city rules and being irresponsible.

"Having the street blocked, having the alley blocked, having people use your driveway," she listed.

In response to the mounting tension and lack of communication between some builders and neighbors, the Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to enforce the one-year moratorium for single and two-family homes in specific neighborhoods.

According to Shawn Nelson, leader of a trade group for builders and developers in the metro, the tear-down permits approved before the moratorium vote will be honored; however, Nelson said applications not processed in time will have to wait.

"They're not going to be able to get into the house. They're not going to be able to get their kids into the schools," he said.

Meanwhile, Jim Tincher, with the Fulton Neighborhood Association, told Fox 9 News he is working to find a different solution.

"The best thing to do is get the dialogue going and to work quickly as we can to study the issue and come up with a going-forward plan," he said.

As for Alexander, she says she just wants some common courtesy while builders in her neighborhood finish the job.

The moratorium is effective immediately and will also apply to building additions exceeding 1,500 square feet; however, even though it was approved unanimously, it may still be voted down in the committee process in the coming weeks. A public hearing will take place on Thursday.

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