Post-Tornado tear-down list analyzed

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Thankful for a non-snowy winter, the City of Minneapolis reports 154 homes in the North Minneapolis tornado path still having open orders for roof repairs, according to Jill Kiener, coordinator of the Northside Home Fund in the City of Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED). That list had 42 homes with open repair permits working with Habitat or another housing organization, or had just received Quick Start grant money… “We think they’re in process.”

There are 51 homes on that list that look vacant, she said, and an additional 13 that have not responded to door knocking by the city or other organizations offering resources. But they are still included in a list of 61 properties that the city has reason to believe are occupied; 24 rentals and 37 owner-occupied; 24 of those homeowners were given extensions for work in progress or still negotiating with insurance companies or contractors.

“Anecdotally, repair rates for rentals are better than for homeowners,” Kiener said. “Rentals are being monitored by Regulatory Services, and seem to be making progress. A number have received extensions.” Early on, “all were evaluated for possible tenant remedy actions, but the rental property owners were being compliant. We worked closely with Legal Aid, and if a landlord wasn’t making repairs, we referred the tenant to them.”

There is a list of properties with “director’s orders” to be torn down, homes that appeared abandoned. That went out a couple of months ago, and the homeowners do have a chance to appeal, so it’s not immediate, Kiener said.

“Inspectors went out and took pictures, and did a bunch of research on permit history to see what the likely investment” was and will be if remaining damaged homes were to be acquired and renovated. That list will go to the Rebuilding It Right effort of the American Institute of Architects and to the non-profit developers to see what would be important to save, “and each has their own take on that.”

Kiener, keeper of a giant informal spread sheet that once held over 700 properties, has heard many “resiliency stories” and said “the amount of investment being made in the homes” is impressive.

Wondering what’s happening with tornado damaged homes in your neighborhood? Here is a list of homes for which there are Minneapolis “Directors Orders to Demolish” issued between November 4, 2011 and Jan. 27, 2012.

The most recent ownership information on each of them, available on the city’s website, indicates a variety of possible circumstances. Some are or were owned by occupants, some by renters, some by financial institutions or governments. Here’s the breakdown:

Owned by Governments (all but the last are Hennepin County Forfeited Land):

  • 2018 Sheridan (in 6 month hold by city)
  • 2027 Queen (pending sale to city)
  • 2627 Oliver
  • 2954 Morgan
  • 3450 Humboldt (in 6 month hold by city)
  • 2222 McNair
  • 2624 Penn (records indicate owned by CPED, City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development).

Owner address same as subject:

  • 2014 Sheridan
  • 2015 Queen
  • 3655 6th St.
  • 3658 Aldrich
  • 3339 Girard
  • 3838 Colfax

Owned by persons or entities with addresses other than the subject:

  • 1655 Thomas
  • 1701 Thomas
  • 2203 Queen
  • 2327 Penn
  • 2331 Penn
  • 2639 Oliver
  • 3001 Logan (a New Jersey address)
  • 3027 Logan
  • 3701 Dupont
  • 3719 Girard
  • 4018 Bryant
  • 2501 Golden Valley Road (apartment building).

Commercial properties:

  • 2201 West Broadway (city-owned)
  • 2508 Golden Valley Road
  • 1900 Penn Ave. N.

Owned by financial institutions:

  • 2624 Emerson
  • 2803 Newton

Research by Margo Ashmore from the directors orders list data supplied by Kellie Jones of the City of Minneapolis. “It is possible that some of these are not due to tornado damage,” she said.