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New construction in SW Minneapolis hinges on City Council approval

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After a month of contentious debate, a halt on new construction in southwest Minneapolis could be coming to an end if the City Council approves a new deal. The compromise has been approved by the zoning and planning committee and lays out new and clearer rules for builders along with the promise of stricter enforcement by the city.

The halt on new construction in the Armatage, Fulton, Kenny, Linden Hills and Lynnhurst neighborhoods came after the city council unanimously put a hold on new home construction in five popular southwest Minneapolis neighborhoods saying some builders regularly violated city code and turned the area into a mess. City Council Woman Linea Palmisano introduced the moratorium but also brokered a new 25 point agreement created to deal with complaints and illegal activity.

"I think this is a way to kind of redo that relationship," Palmisano said.

With only three zoning inspectors for the entire city, some neighbors like Michael McDermott are still wondering how you enforce all the rules.

"They'll probably find loop holes," McDermott said. "They'll probably do it right a couple days and then when the inspector comes, they'll clean it up and go to their old ways."

Council Woman Palmisano agrees enforcement will be a challenge but says more zoning inspectors will be added. If the City Council does approve the agreement, new demolition and construction permits could be issued in those five southwest Minneapolis neighborhoods in a week.

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