Eden Prairie residents fret about new $300,000 homes ruining their neighborhood

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File this one under "First World Problems."
Homestead Partners developers wants to build about three dozen $240,000-$350,000 homes on an eight-acre parcel at the southwest corner of Eden Prairie Road and Scenic Heights Road in Eden Prairie.

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But neighbors are objecting to the "green mid-market development" because they're concerned homes in that price range will ruin their property values.

One of those concerns was detailed in a Star Tribune report from September:
"Do I think there needs to be lower-level housing out there? No. Eden Prairie is known for having money here," said Jan Beck, whose back yard faces what is now a grassy field with deer and some trees. "It's too bad. There's no more prairie left in Eden Prairie."
So at a community meeting last week, Homestead Partners representatives had to assure worried neighbors that brand new $300,000 environmentally friendly homes won't result in the end of suburbia as they know it.

Sun Newspapers explains:
Neighboring residents expressed concerns about high-density housing and home values consistently below that of neighboring properties. While the development will contain higher density than that of the neighboring areas, the values will likely be at the top of the mid-market range, according to the developers.

"We will be on upper end of the range for these houses, with the market demand and cost to purchase the property," Stephen Bona, vice president of development at Homestead Partners said... "Our goal is to have a community that would fit with the neighborhood next door."
Does that last quote mean Homestead will pre-screen potential buyers in the new development to make sure they're as snobby as possible?

h/t -- Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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161 comments
sergei_mn
sergei_mn

Soon EP will be renamed "Little Somalia" :)

Matthew Taylor
Matthew Taylor

And I slept in my car 2 weeks ago, please give my regards to satin himself

Kenn C Wolfe
Kenn C Wolfe

This looks like a huge house in Robbinsdale where locals think a cult meets in the large upper area above the garage

Last Triumph
Last Triumph

Why put an article out there like this? Look at all the negativity surrounding it. Think!

Perri Pryor
Perri Pryor

I like Minneapolis/St. Paul, but wow, you guys have some weird, little feuds about your suburbs and neighborhoods.

Diane Albrecht
Diane Albrecht

Jan Beck is concerned, "There's no more prairie left in Eden Prairie." True, because Beck and countless others currently reside where the prairie once existed. While the NIMBY syndrome is not new to planning and development, Beck adds a new level of disgust to the definition. Not to mention ignorance on how property valuations are determined and what constitutes "low level" housing.

Gary Wisner
Gary Wisner

Eat The Rich...my townhome is @ around 190K, so friggin' shoot me if you can!!!

Tyson Wilson
Tyson Wilson

Daren Lindahl you went off!!! Who cares what home value is next to you. Reason I left your dirty city ep! Enjoy your bs you rich bitches

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

you live in minnetonka - are you fucking serious?? wealthier per capita by a mile. FAIL.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Nice work, Cara, insulting the very people that you serve. Chicken or the Egg?

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Dude you literally make no sense at all Dana. You seethe anger with little education or little to add that is relevant to the topic at hand.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

::admires himself in the mirror endlessly::

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

If you have hate it your heart let it out, Clayton Bigsby!!

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

I once met a man from a different country. He was rude. I now dislike all non-Americans. The end.

Pamela Davis
Pamela Davis

My son's dorm at UND is full of EP'ers who have come here for the low tuition. According to my son, all they do is complain about how awful things are, and brag about how wonderful EP is. My son's former roommate, who was from EP, never once spoke to me in 9 months(couldn't handle talking to the minions, I guess). Let 'em stay home.

Wayne Perkins
Wayne Perkins

Wow. Nice educated group of winners here. Way to take the original story on a racism tangent. Smh

Sarah Ann
Sarah Ann

What a waste of space all of them..

qwertyuiop
qwertyuiop

"Uptown residents fret about new 'luxury' apartments"

Branden Strot
Branden Strot

why would anyone want to BUY an apartment in the city?

Branden Strot
Branden Strot

not everyone can afford a 20% service surcharge. be happy you get anything at all. we're not all rich.

Joshua Adam
Joshua Adam

Hide yo money y'all. Der poor people round.

Branden Strot
Branden Strot

how about only 8 instead of cramming in 36. that is less than a quarter acre per house! stop building houses 3 feet from another.

Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson

@Kent: Remarkable how you know me so well after two short sentences.

Jeremy Hop
Jeremy Hop

Cheapest single fam home in EP is a Twin Home listing at ~132k. I could find a much better home for the money almost anywhere in T C EP is overrated sprawl.

Lynn Quijada
Lynn Quijada

Haha! This thread cracks me up. 'Self important blahblahblah'

Barb Christenson
Barb Christenson

how awful that these folks have to live in the EP ghetto

Katie Hole
Katie Hole

Straight from the White Pages - public information. :)

Lola House
Lola House

damn, you put her alllllllll the way on blast!

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

There are suburban areas that are more diverse than parts of the city are, Minneapolis doesn't hold a monopoly on diversity. And not all areas in MPLS are that diverse. I grew up in Columbia Heights, which is much more diverse than parts of the city, take the whole chain of lakes area for example, where it's basically different shades of white people. Suburbs can be diverse. Take a walk down Central Avenue in Heights if you don't believe me. Go look at BC or BP as well.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

You make absolutely no sense. Goodnight Dana.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Your passive aggressive is at a level 11 there breaux.

Onan
Onan

@Matthew Taylor  - Satin? Velour all the way!!

sebr
sebr

Lol! I actually took that photo and uploaded it to the Wikipedia creative commons (i.e. donated it to the public domain) a few years back. It's in Salinas, California in a subdivision called "Harden Ranch" and valued well above $400,000. Weird where it ended up!

caroleh
caroleh

@BigLex SouthSide WherevaImat White trash?? If it weren't for "white trash" shopping at walfart you may not have had that job!!! ARG!!!! shame on you,

Onan
Onan

@Branden Strot  - ...or maybe you can just stay home as it appears you can't really afford to go out.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@Branden Strot If that's what you wanted you should have purchased the land when it was for sale. 

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