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In Edina, the number of housing teardown permits set another record in 2013, but the addition of a redevelopment point person and some new policies seem to have blunted anger over noise and construction mess.
The number of issued teardown permits increased slightly last year, to a record 105 from 101 in 2012. But after years of taking flak from angry residents, city officials say they’re not getting as much heat over construction as they once did, probably because such comments now go to Cindy Larson, the city’s new redevelopment coordinator. A new requirement that builders hold a neighborhood meeting with people who live within 300 feet of a pending teardown has helped, too.
Last year, Edina tightened requirements for height and setbacks for new homes depending on lot size. But the new code did not take effect until Jan. 1. Some of the permit rush the city saw at year’s end — 125 new home permits were applied for, another record — was from developers who had designed homes that would not fit the new code. Construction on those homes could stretch out for many months to come, Edina officials say.
Staff writer Mary Jane Smetanka contributed to this report. Eric Roper • 612-673-1732