Sunday, May 23, 2010
Another Close Call with Contractors
Post and photo by the Hawthorne Hawkman
Today was a busy day in NoMi. Earlier in the weekend, I welcomed some new neighbors to the area, and today another owner-occupant a block or so away had an open house. This is on top of having met several OTHER new Hawthornites at the NoMi reception put on by Connie Nompelis.
While I was on my way to the open house, I got a call from someone in the EcoVillage. She told me that she was seeing...
...potentially unauthorized work happening at 3116-3118 6th St N (pictured above). This is a house that has been slated for demolition in order to make way for the higher-density housing that will be built along Lowry in the coming years.
Something seemed off to this resident, though, and she wondered if she should call 911. I double-checked the ownership, and yes indeed, the city of Minneapolis owns the building. "The city owns the place, there's work happening on a Sunday, and someone who lives nearby and knows the area doesn't feel right...call it in. I'm on my way over," I said.
I got there only moments before a squad arrived. I explained the situation, and the officers went inside, only to verify that these people indeed had the scavenger/scrapper rights for any materials of value. But the police said that the resident and I absolutely did the right thing in calling it in. One of these times, we'll catch some of these crooks in the act.
So to anyone thinking about moving in to the house being built at 400 31st Ave N, or one of the upcoming Habitat for Humanity homes, or any other house in or around the EcoVillage, this is the kind of community you're coming into. One that watches, and calls, and does so because we care about the people and the homes around us.