7425 York Terrace-Subdivision (Preliminary Plat)

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A request for a subdivision (Preliminary Plat) at 7425 York Terrace to divide two existing lots into three. The

existing homes on both lots would remain. The new home would be built in between the two existing homes at

7425 and 7413 York Terrace. A request Lot area and depth variances are required for all three lots and lot width

variances for lots 1 and 2.

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  • YorkPropertyOwner about 2 months ago
    I own the house at 7429 York Terrace and my name is Tom Kessler and I purchased it back in 2000, lived it in for 8 years and then moved to California and have been renting it out ever since, keeping it as a residence to perhaps move back to some day. I'm pretty established in Los Angeles now and have no plans to move back. I have done my best to ensure that the house was kept up and fully remodeled it. For many years there has been loads of crime on the block from the townhomes including drug sales on the corner where people would literally drive up for pickup in broad daylight. I worked with the Edina Police and met with Commonbond Communities (town house owners) regularly to address some of this and also to establish the no parking street signs along the block because of the width of the street and the townhome residents kept parking on it rather than in their designated parking lot. Commonbond was unfortunately uncooperative in establishing any kind of landscaping between York Terrace along the boulevard and even removed some trees one spring that provided screening. Additionally I worked with Public Works to get the road regraded at the YMCA end as it was so steep your front bumper would scrape and also to get it repaved and maintained because of the poor condition of the road which was almost like gravel as the previous owner at 7413 had a lawn and landscape business and used to run heavy equipment down the road tearing it up, this is also why he built the large garage on the property. I've done my best to keep tenants that match the fabric of the neighborhood and the property with affordable rent, keep the property beautified and maintained as I did some maintenance last year. About 5 years back there was a plan to tear down the townhomes and the YMCA to establish a low income multiunit apartment building which would have greatly increased the density of the area. I spoke up against this as it would have surely raised crime in the area which was still high at the townhomes, they didn't move forward with this and instead remodeled the YMCA and since redid the townhomes and moved out many of the problem residents and that seemed to help. Crime still however seems to prevail and residents still drive and occupy York Terrace as I heard again that just this week my tenant and others cars were broken into. When I lived in the house the second year a resident of the townhomes broke in and stole my camera gear and other valuables and felt very unsafe living there for years. I looked at the proposal to add another house and variances, it's hard to see the request as legitimate for family growth needs as others have mentioned too as very confident the character of Mr. Rasul and his farce is to create more income property from my entanglements with him as he's been less than neighborly to me and my current tenants without getting into any detail. The photos of the property in the proposal are from 2014 and also don't depict what the 7425 property looks in current state at all and suggest the council ask for recent shots. I attended the City Council meeting and shared that there is a lot of rental property on the block and that the City of Edina has a Housing and Redevelopment Authority and this neighborhood is under the Redevelopment District, my suggestion was to look at this street to evaluate it for a planned unit development. 
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    • YorkTerrace54Years about 2 months ago
      Hi Tom, I guess you weren't the only person working on the street. I was in constant conversations with Shawn Andersen at the Public Works Department with the upgrade of the whole street of York Terrace with the new machine that they received they thought that they would try it out on our street and even tried giving it a tar curb in areas. I know the whole history of this street, it was a GRAVEL ROAD that didn't get its first coating of tar until the 1970's. When the YMCA was being built they brought up heavy equipment on the road which started the busting up of our new tar road and from that point on it only got patched with tar from the city. Hey, in the 80's after a heavy rain there would be holes in the street that went up to my knees it wasn't the heavy equipment (a pickup truck and trailer with mowers) from the previous owner of 7413 that busted up the tar it was decades of patch work. When I worked with Shawn Anderson at getting this street re-tared the street was great until they put all those big sewers down the street for storage which left cracks and indentations in the tar but when they were finished with the work they redid the street again and took out the steep incline of the road at the bottom of 74th street to accommodate the bicycle path. As far as Protesting about the tear down and rebuild of the Yorkdale town-homes, I didn't see you at the city council meeting, I was there speaking against it and presenting pictures of what it would look like with those 4 story buildings surrounding York Terrace as I put it "THE GREAT WALL OF EDINA!" Now that, would have been "the last edge of the city"!!!!!! That plan wouldn't have benefited the residents of York Terrace or the YMCA, the only one that would have benefited would have been Common bond. Thank god for the real estate bust, their financing didn't go through!!!!!! Crime, yes there is crime and drug deals to this day, doesn't matter if it is day or night! My house too had been broken into twice from previous residences of the Yorkdale town homes it has gotten better but crime and drugs are everywhere unfortunately. Some people's children...... At least I can say that 95% of the children that grew up on this block in the 60's, 70's and early 80's with all of their accomplishments would beat any block in Edina. These children include business owners which 3 of them got to retire in their 50's, an Archeologist, one is a CEO of one of largest US Companies, another pioneered a business in computer generate Imagery (CGI) which his work has been featured in top rated movies and southpark, another went and severed for our country and works on aircraft's at Boeing, another is a DNR, and 2 work with computers in various positions of web design and MIS. So I'm PROUD of this block and I want to keep it's integrity and have it for family's who own their homes and not have most of the block be for rentals! There is very little neighborhood bonding with rentals as most don't stay around long and have no interest to invest in the neighborhood!
  • YorkTerrace54Years about 2 months ago
    I have a few concerns with an addition of another house put on the property of 7425 York Terrace.I remember when the house at 7425 was moved on to this block in 1970 or 71, it fit the neighborhood because it FIT the lot which is very important. With trying to divide the 7425 lot and making the 7413 property have a width of 59 ft that includes a garage with a foot print that is about the same size as the house and then being a 3 car 2 story garage with a small storage building in the back leaves very little lawn available in the back yard. Then adding another home which we don’t even know at this point if it will be a 1 or 2 story home that will sit closer to the street than any other home on the block with a paved driveway going to who knows where as the 7425 lot is a shallow lot. Then, having the 7425 house and with a double garage. The middle of the block will end up looking like it is zoned for commercial use with all the buildings and pavement in such a small area with very little green space. I had 3 pictures that showed the back yard with some of the garage and small storage building from from one of the internet rental sites for 7413 property but your application does not support *jpeg files. Please feel free to view www.apartmentlist.com/mn/edina/7413-york-ter-1 and view pictures 4, 6 and 7 to get an idea of building size and green space. The recent new builds of homes on 7430 Xerxes and 3201 75th Street they fit the neighborhood as these homes FIT the lot while upgrading the neighborhood. I truly believe that squeezing another home onto the lot of 7425 would NOT be in the best interest or health of York Terrace. If their current home is too small for them then the best solution for the Neighborhood by “beatifying it and upgrading it” would be adding an addition off the northside of the house or do a complete tear down and rebuild. Unfortunately, last resort would be to move to another bigger home in Edina that fits their growing family. Remember, the current house at 7425 is a 1,700 sq. foot 2 story home and a detached double garage and at the time of purchase the home had a complete clean slate to work with in the downstairs to add even more finished square footage when the smaller homes on the block housed families of 6 or more members in the 50’s -2000’s. The lot on 7425 use to be beautiful but any lot can become “overgrowing and unattended” as Resident “York Terrace Resident” said. The only contributors of the overgrowing and unattended land as this resident states is from the current owner who has done absolutely nothing with that part of his property other than junk it up and park their pickup truck there at various times and the previous owner who didn’t cut and prune as it should have been done. The ugly green tarp type covering over the chain link fence that they installed , the variety of “No Trespassing and Private Property” signs that they have that either sit on top of the ugly fence, before the fence, it was nailed to a tree or at the front of their drive way as a free standing signage, the motion detectors and maybe cameras that are nailed to the tree(s). The lawn at both residences 7425 & 7413 have rarely been mowed in a timely manner since they have had passion of these homes. There is nothing that is inviting or beautiful to the 7425 lot it appears like they want nothing to do with anyone on the block with all the different types & heights of fencing along with the ugly green tarp that they have installed it’s as thou they are trying to add walls around their property to cut them off of the rest of the block and doesn’t want anyone to view their property.The narrow, blind corner, one sided parking street, with various cars parked on it from Yorkdale Town-homes most residents don’t even park on the street unless they have company with all the children that play, walk, ride bikes and not paying attention to their surroundings , the walkers and biker we do not need another home on this small block to house another rental property because I truly believe that the 7425 property will become rental property and not for a family member (mom) to live in. This block in the last couple years has so much more traffic than it ever had, and I have no idea why, there are 7 houses on a horseshoe block. I see a lot of the same cars drive up here that do not live on the block and as many different cars. A lot of the cars that do drive up on this block drive way to fast, don’t pay attention to parking rules summer or winter we truly do not need added cars, it is truly just an accident waiting to happen. The street is in the best shape that it has ever been in and cannot withstand all the traffic, school buses, various garbage trucks weekly and then yet another household with how many cars. It appears that Mr. Razul wants to purchase homes on the block for rental property as he has asked at least one property owner, purchased another property owners home and now wants to split his shallow property into two proprieties which I’m sure one of them will turn into another rental property. Currently the homes that are rentals on this block are 7409, 7413 and 7429 that is about half the block and if he gets to split the property at 7425 you might as well add another rental property. Mr. Razul does say hello when the opportunity arises other than that I cannot say anything else about his character of being a neighbor. York Terrace is not a rental block nor are we a “street that did not have a good appeal as we are on the last edge of the city on a small street behind the low-income housing buildings.” It is too bad that Resident “Edina York Terrace Resident” feels that way about the block. I have never looked at York Terrace which back in day was York Avenue as the “last edge of the city”, my goodness we were here way before anything beyond the other side of our street to France Avenue from 494 to the back of the Galleria (Which was just Gabbert’s, Southdale movie theater and Southdale bowl at the time). We were not the last block we were the first block and sometimes the forgotten block in the eyes of Edina. It for the most part has been a great block which housed a ton of children in these small homes that were all friends, where everyone knew each other and looked out for one another we didn’t need a day name “National Night Out” to be with your neighbors because we all talked with one another all the time. Actually, up until the last 10 to 15 years most homes on the block were still owned by those same people that had lived there since the 1960’s and 70’s more houses, more rentals, less neighbors being neighbors!!!! Please City of Edina, please listen to the residents of York Terrace who actually live and care about the block other than looking to make a buck with rental property! - PS Sorry this is so long.
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    • YorkPropertyOwner about 2 months ago
      looks like this has been taken down as now shows a 404 Not Found - https://www.apartmentlist.com/mn/edina/7413-york-ter-1
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      • YorkTerrace54Years about 2 months ago
        No, it is still there but you have to find it this way now when I looked today it wouldn't find the link listed above. If you google 7413 York Terrace you will see the website for apartmentlist.com Below I copied the website listing when googling it showing the 7413 York Terrace address. On my search it is the fourth listing down click on that when you first get into the website it will show some box showing studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom etc. just scroll down and you will see the first picture then you can flip through them all if you care to but there are a few back yard and garage pictures. Thank you for taking the time to try and look I hope you will try this way. I feel that it is very important that people understand the size of garage and shed on that property vs green space and then trying to cram another house between this property and 7425. I just tried it again when writing this and this is how I found it tonight. If you have further problems trying to see the pictures let me know I will try and help. 7413 York Ter - Edina, MN apartments for rentwww.apartmentlist.com › Edina, MN7413 york terrace from www.apartmentlist.comApr 12, 2020 - 7413 York Ter is a rental property located in Edina, MN. Check out similar ... 7413 York Terrace · No Longer Available. Report This Listing.
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        • YorkPropertyOwner about 2 months ago
          thanks, yeah sounds like many feel the same that this is too much structure for land use and sharing the same concerns
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          • YorkTerrace54Years about 2 months ago
            FYI - to anyone who hadn't googled the property yet on 7413 York Terrace to understand the size of the mammoth garage and storage shed by looking at pictures 4, 6 & 7 vs green space the pictures and the "unavailable rent ad" has now been taken off of apartmentlist.com. When googling it now the search still shows the ad was there but clicking into its not there. Do not want anyone to waste their time trying to find it now.
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            • YorkPropertyOwner about 2 months ago
              Yeah it was listed for $2400, saw the photos it’s a large garage and could be converted to a back house as many where I live in LA have been converting them into rentals too
  • 7425 York Terr Owner about 1 month ago
    Dear neighbors! Thank you very much for your comments. I read each one of them and would like to provide my input. I know personally many of you and yet to meet 2 of you. It’s only 7 of us on this street. Our intent to build a house for myself and my kids. Our kids are growing and we only want to provide adequate space for our kids. My mother is retired and we are hoping that she can move into the house that we live in now so she helps us with taking care of the kids after school. This would also allow us to care for my mother as she ages. Just to answer some of the comments-I do not own any rental homes, and the house next door at 7413 York Terr is owned by a company that I work for as a consultant. As neighbors, we are all interested our common street to be well maintained and kept. They only acquired it because it made sense to them financially and I asked them to help and allow us to fulfill our necessity. We made a lot of improvements. I remember my first impressions of extremely overgrown yard and the old house that needed a lot of work. You could not see the house behind all that vegetation. We now get compliments for good landscaping and beautiful arborvitae trees at the front.Our street is uniquely located between west Richfield Xerxes street and affordable housing buildings, with a lot of safety and security challenges. We need to stay united. Our intent is true and humble and fully matches with yours my neighbors, which is to improve and enjoy peaceful life on our street. I am choosing to stay and grow here with my children. My kids go to Especially for Children Edinborough Edina, I also work in Edina. We plan for kids to go to Cornelia elementary when they start school. That means we are fully dedicated to share this space with our neighbors, and fully dedicated as a family to make our street better. I am very open and want to talk to each one of you and be a good neighbor to have a safer and better community for the place we live in.
  • York Ave Neighbor about 1 month ago
    Hi I am neighbor residing on York Ave. I fully support this request. As of now the street in question looks subpar and lagging from other Edina streets. A modern structure would be much needed addition to this neighborhood. All of the houses on this block date from 1930 to 1950ties, nothing new. I should also mention that security has also improved in recent years and we see more patrol cars with addition of families with children. As it comes to this family, they are friendly and always spare time to have a quick chat. Last year summertime they invited me to a bon fire, with them and 1 other family. On several occasions I have borrowed some tools from Mr Rasul for home project. I believe they are good family which brought community feeling somewhat back, like in the old days.
  • York Terr Neighbor about 2 months ago
    My name is Hilda Elkoreh. I live across of 7425 and immediate neighbor of Mr. Rasul and his family. I and my family are in support of this request. As a nearby homeowner with 2 kids we frequently ride with bikes and walking. This family has been a great addition to our block. We spent a lot of time together and as good neighbors we lookout and help each other in the time of need. We believe this proposal will add value to our neighborhood. This proposal will improve our neighborhood and strengthen our community.
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    • Concerned York Terrace Resident about 2 months ago
      How is it tenants from the Yorkdale Townhomes have any say in property matters of the York Terrace block?
  • York Terrace Neighbor about 2 months ago
    My name is Deeb Elkoreh. I fully support this request. In my humble opinion it would be great if you approve this request. The York Terrace in its current view in need of attention. Some driveways are still not paved, there are houses that missing garages. Since Mr. Rasul’s family moved they made a lot of improvements to the appeal of their yard, but that is only one household. If they can pave their driveways that will definitely bring street on par with other Edina neighborhoods. I want to see Mr.Rasul and his family stay in our block.
  • XerxesNeighbor about 2 months ago
    Though I cannot speak to any of the physical aspects of the project and how it may or may not affect lots, I can, however, speak on behalf of the applicant as a neighbor.We live on Xerxes, a block away from Blaz and his family. We also have two kids, and a dog, and we almost daily walk around the neighborhood, including on York Terrace. Our family met Blaz some years ago when he first moved into his house on York Terrace, and have been on great terms ever since. He's a great neighbor, is always ready to lend a hand, and has a pleasant family that my kids, as well as others from the neighborhood, enjoy playing with.The area has a mix of renters and owners, all of whom add to the quality of the neighborhood. In fact there is a family that rents a house on 74th st. and have been there for years, and are one of the best parts of our community. I also know that Blaz's mother is aging and that he visits her often at great expense, so I cannot imagine him not bringing her here to live close to his family.I truly believe Blaz and his family are a positive addition to the neighborhood, and do not want to lose them (especially given the risk of unknown elements moving in to replace them).
  • YorkTerrace54Years about 2 months ago
    YorkTerrace54Years 2 days ago I have a few concerns with an addition of another house put on the property of 7425 York Terrace. I remember when the house at 7425 was moved on to this block in 1970 or 71, it fit the neighborhood because it fit the lot which is very important. With trying to divide the 7425 lot and making the 7413 property have a width of 59 ft that includes a garage with a foot print that is about the same size as the house and then being bigger than a 3 car 2 story garage with a small storage building in the back leaves very little green space available in the back yard. Then adding another home which we don’t even know at this point if it will be a 1 or 2 story home that will sit closer to the street than any other home on the block with a paved driveway going to who knows where as the 7425 lot is a shallow lot. Then, having the 7425 property with a double garage. The middle of the block will end up looking like it is zoned for commercial use with all the buildings and pavement in such a small area with very little green space let alone the possible nightmares of future buyers of these properties and the property lines and very little green space. I had 3 pictures that showed the back yard with some of the garage and small storage building from one of the internet rental sites for the 7413 property but your application does not support *jpeg files. Please feel free to google 7413 York Terrace and in the google search you will see a listing for it www.apartmentlist.com view pictures 4, 6 and 7 to get an idea of building size and green space. The recent new builds of homes on 7430 Xerxes and 3201 75th Street they fit the neighborhood as these homes fit the lot while upgrading the neighborhood. I truly believe that squeezing another home onto the lot of 7425 would not be in the best interest or health of York Terrace. If their current home is too small for them then the best solution for the Neighborhood by “beatifying it and upgrading it” would be adding an addition off the northside of the house or do a complete tear down and rebuild. Unfortunately, the last resort would be to move to another bigger home in Edina that fits their growing family. Remember, the current house at 7425 is a 1,700 sq. foot 2 story home with a detached double garage and at the time of purchase the home featured a complete clean slate to work with in the downstairs to add even more finished square footage when the smaller homes on the block housed families of 6 or more members in the 50’s -2000’s. The lot on 7425 use to be beautiful but any lot can become “overgrowing and unattended” as Resident “York Terrace Resident” said. The only contributors of the overgrowing and unattended land as this resident states is from the current owner who has done absolutely nothing with that part of his property other than junk it up and park their pickup truck there at various times and the previous owner who didn’t cut and prune as it should have been done. The ugly green tarp type covering over the chain link fence that they installed , the variety of “No Trespassing and Private Property” signs that they have that either sit on top of the ugly fence, before the fence, it was nailed to a tree or at the front of their drive way as a free standing signage, the motion detectors and maybe cameras that are nailed to the tree(s). The lawn at both residences 7425 & 7413 have rarely been mowed in a timely manner since they have had passion of these homes. There is nothing that is inviting or beautiful to the 7425 lot it appears like they want nothing to do with anyone on the block with all the different types & heights of fencing along with the ugly green tarp that they have installed it’s as thou they are trying to add walls around their property to cut them off of the rest of the block and doesn’t want anyone to view their property. The narrow, blind corner, one sided parking street, with various cars parked on it from Yorkdale Town-homes most residents don’t even park on the street unless they have company with all the children that play, walk, ride bikes and not paying attention to their surroundings , the walkers and bikers we do not need another home on this small block to house yet another rental property because I truly believe that the 7425 property will become rental property and not for a family member (mom) to live in. This block in the last couple years has so much more traffic than it ever had, and I have no idea why, there are 7 houses on a horseshoe block. I see a lot of the same cars drive up here that do not live on the block and as many different cars. A lot of the cars that do drive up on this block drive way to fast, do not pay attention to parking rules summer or winter we do not need added cars, it is truly just an accident waiting to happen. The street is in the best shape that it has ever been in and cannot withstand all the traffic, school buses, various garbage trucks weekly and then yet another household with how many cars. It appears that the home owner of 7425 wants to purchase homes on the block for rental property as he has asked at least one property owner, purchased another property owners home and now wants to split his shallow property into two proprieties which I’m sure one of them will turn into another rental property. Currently the homes that are rentals on this block are 7409, 7413 and 7429 that is about half the block and if they get to split the property at 7425 you might as well add another rental property. One of the homeowners of 7425 does say hello when the opportunity arises other than that I cannot say anything else about his character of being a neighbor. York Terrace is not a rental block nor are we a “street that did not have a good appeal as we are on the last edge of the city on a small street behind the low-income housing buildings.” It is too bad that Resident “Edina York Terrace Resident” feels that way about the block. I have never looked at York Terrace which back in day was York Avenue as the “last edge of the city”, my goodness we were here way before anything beyond the other side of our street to France Avenue from 494 to the back of the Galleria (Which was just Gabbert’s, Southdale movie theater and Southdale bowl at the time). We were not the last block we were the first block and sometimes the forgotten block in the eyes of Edina. It for the most part has been a great block which housed a ton of children in these small homes that were all friends, where everyone knew each other and looked out for one another we didn’t need a day name “National Night Out” to be with your neighbors because we all talked with one another all the time. Actually, up until the last 10 to 15 years most homes on the block were still owned by those same people that had lived there since the 1960’s and 70’s more houses, more rentals, less neighbors being neighbors!!!! Please City of Edina, please listen to the residents of York Terrace who actually live and care about the block other than looking to make a buck with rental property!- PS Sorry this is so long.
  • Edina York Terrace Resident about 2 months ago
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  • YorkTerrace17 2 months ago
    I am also a resident and I'd like to voice my concerns regarding this request. The property isn't large enough to accommodate another residence. The garage on the adjacent property is larger than the plans suggest. The owner clearly just wants to squeeze another rental there. The 2 comments on here that support this initiative are clearly from the current owner who wants to build the property. "Edina York Terrace Resident" and "York Terrace Resident" are the same person. His ugly green privacy fences, cars parked in the yard, and no trespassing signs posted everywhere do nothing to beautify the neighborhood. Are these things even allowed in Edina?The other problem is street traffic and parking. The current owner already parks multiple cars on the street and is coming and going constantly. Adding another house only adds to that problem. Where on earth is a garage or even driveway going to fit? In regards to adding families and more children to the street. That is a bad idea. One end of the road is completely blind when you round the corner. There are already multiple children from the apartments on the other side of the road that use the road to walk to the YMCA. More children and more vehicles only increase the chance of someone getting hurt or worse.Please do not allow this sub-divison.
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    • YorkTerrace54Years about 2 months ago
      I agree with the above resident I accidentally hit the thumbs down and your system does not allow you to undo.
  • Edina York Terrace Resident 2 months ago
    I am the next door neighbor to proposed subdivision request and I fully approve and support this request. Our street did not have a good appeal as we are on the last edge of the city on a small street behind the low income housing buildings. This proposal will benefit every house here (we have only few) on the street by providing better appeal, and increasing the value of each house. I have known the young growing family for few years since they moved here and have really great relationship with them. They have been good neighbors and always helpful. It is fun to watch them walk and play with their kids. When they pass by they always show respect and greet their neighbor. From my experience they have been good neighbors and have been good addition to our block. I wholeheartedly support this request.
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    • Concerned York Terrace Resident about 2 months ago
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  • Concerned York Terrace Resident about 2 months ago
    As a homeowner on York Terrace I also do not support the proposal of adding another house to the street. It’s pretty clear that Mr. Razul owns many rental properties all over as that’s his business. On our block he already owns 7425, 7413 and is looking to add yet another rental property to the block? Where 7409 “Edina York Terrace Resident“ is a rental along with 7429 which is rental too and this is half the block already. The lot depth of 7425 is less than all of the other properties and clearly just isn’t big enough for another house and it’s obvious he's looking to use the large garage and driveway on 7413 with the proposed house. The fictional letter of the family needing a bigger house, what a joke that is. When a family needs more space they add on to the house they have and 7425 has the right lot to do just that and blend in with the newer homes like 7430 Xerxes and 3201 75th Street as that is what would up the property values for us all and align with these other homes. Look at what the City of Richfield has done and how those homes have raised in value as they added bike paths and new curb and gutter. Wouldn't something like that tie in nice to our street to align? Just as others have mentioned this is a small half block with a narrow street, limited parking and sits in front of low income housing that has kids running everywhere and this is just going to take the block down even further. Please City of Edina don’t let this happen as our neighborhood will fall apart, help us keep it a nice and safe place to live.
  • Admin Commented Emily Bodeker 2 months ago
    I own a home at 7401 York Terrace and my name is Karen Leffler. Mr. Rasul lives at 7425 York Terrace and he wants to add another house in between his house and 7413 York Terrace. His house was a larger house when it was moved into the neighborhood. It fit okay on the lot because the lot was larger. Now he wants to add a much bigger house between the two existing houses. This new house seems to have no space for a garage, no planned driveway, and is closer to the street than the rest of the houses. There is a very large, 3 car, garage behind 7413 York Terrace that is not shown. The large garage, the new house, and the two existing homes, would be far too many buildings for that amount of land area. I realize the gentleman seems to want a lot of rental properties. In the last year has mentioned to his neighbors that he wanted his brother to live next to him, but as soon as he purchased 7413 York Terrace, he listed it for rent. He should have purchase a house on land that was large enough to subdivide if that is what he wanted. There are also sewer lines that are running behind these properties. I don’t think they would be affected, but I’m not sure. Thank you very much. - Entered by City Staff
  • Admin Commented Emily Bodeker 2 months ago
    I own a home at 7401 York Terrace and my name is Karen Leffler. Mr. Rasul lives at 7425 York Terrace and he wants to add another house in between his house and 7413 York Terrace. His house was a larger house when it was moved into the neighborhood. It fit okay on the lot because the lot was larger. Now he wants to add a much bigger house between the two existing houses. This new house seems to have no space for a garage, no planned driveway, and is closer to the street than the rest of the houses. There is a very large, 3 car, garage behind 7413 York Terrace that is not shown. The large garage, the new house, and the two existing homes, would be far too many buildings for that amount of land area. I realize the gentleman seems to want a lot of rental properties. In the last year has mentioned to his neighbors that he wanted his brother to live next to him, but as soon as he purchased 7413 York Terrace, he listed it for rent. He should have purchase a house on land that was large enough to subdivide if that is what he wanted. There are also sewer lines that are running behind these properties. I don’t think they would be affected, but I’m not sure. Thank you very much. - Entered by City Staff
  • Admin Commented Emily Bodeker 2 months ago
    My name is Chris Kim and I live at 7430 Xerxes Ave S. (in the property to the east of 7425 York Terrace). I see they are proposing the rain garden right on my property line. I am really concerned about that and it looks like it is going to be a rain reservoir and I am wondering where all the water will go after collecting all of the water into one spot? I am really concerned about that. Whenever it rains, the water currently drains to my property. I try to keep that easement very well and try to prevent that from happening. I don’t have any problem with having a new home next door, but putting in a rain garden and collecting all the water from the street to that one spot close to the back of my home makes me very concerned about that water and where it will go. Hopefully the City of Edina will make sure the drainage is done properly. Thanks. - Entered by City Staff
  • York Terrace Resident 2 months ago
    As closest neighbors to proposed site we support this initiative. That land has been sitting overgrowing and unattended for ages . A new house on our street will increase the value of every house and that is the only available land to help us. We know this family well and all they intend to is utilized unused land to fit their growing family. They are the only family on our street that has kids so having a little young energy to our street will help immensely.
  • Sarah Meyer 2 months ago
    My husband and I reside on York Terrace near the proposed new plot. We have several concerns about this. First, we agree with the other comment about the size of the proposed plot. Viewing the area first-hand (rather than through the above drawing); it is clear there would be little to no room between houses if a new one were to go up in that space. I don't believe the drawing accurately represents the sizes of the buildings (garage at 7413). In addition, adding another home on our small street will increase traffic, affecting wear-and-tear on our street and affecting the safety of the children often playing and walkers/bikers. We already have very limited parking on our street if just one home owner has guests as parking is only allowed on one side of the street. Lastly, will this be a rental home? Are there property rental limits in Edina? We would be concerned about an increase in rental properties as other neighborhoods of Edina have experienced and even had issues with. We greatly appreciate your consideration of our concerns, as well as the rest of our neighbors on York Terrace. Thank you.
  • Chris Kim 3 months ago
    As a resident near the proposed house pad, I would like to voice my concerns. I question the legality of the addition of this house pad with the constraints of the size of the lot and surrounding houses, however this will hopefully be addressed at the next hearing. I think it's essential that the size of the house pad be appropriate for the size of the lot in consideration for the space of other houses and appearance of the neighborhood. I appreciate you for considering these concerns. Thank you.