Minneapolis City Council Committee Hears From Both Sides On Moratorium

Posted at: 03/20/2014 6:35 PM
Updated at: 03/20/2014 6:47 PM
By: Tim Sherno

Minneapolis City Council Chambers were packed Thursday, an overflow crowd filled a nearby room to hear testimony on a controversial temporary moratorium on demolition and new construction in the Linden Hills, Fulton, Armatage, Kenny and Lynnhurst neighborhoods.

A council committee considered a temporary moratorium imposed by Ward 13 Council person Linea Palmisano that has halted demolition and new construction permits in the five neighborhoods.

Testimony was passionate. Diane Jenson lives in one of the effected neighborhoods. Jenson says the project near is a long-term headache. "I have lived the last 18 months under constant construction on my block. The system is broken and needs to be fixed," said Jenson.

Pat Wells from Inver Grove Heights points to jobs that could be impacted by the lock-down. "The construction industry has been devastated, now the industry is finally coming back after a couple of years and now the moratorium wants to take it away from us?"

Council Person Palmisano says she's pleased with the outcome of the meeting. "I think the outcome of a public hearing is to be heard, and I think a lot of people came down and were heard today, and I think the hundreds, literally hundreds of emails we received and phone calls and other kinds of testimony were heard," said Palmisano.

The committee voted to study the issue for two more weeks until the next regularly scheduled meeting.