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Published December 10, 2009, 03:13 PM

Some Crookston Residents Against Habitat Homes In Neighborhood

The city of Crookston has put a plan to turn over land to Habitat For Humanity to build some new homes on hold. Thats because some residents in the neighborhood are not sold, and they're not keeping quiet.

By: Steve Bodakowski, WDAZ

Some people living in the Woods Addition of Crookston told the City "not so fast" during a meeting this week. They're trying to stop the city from giving land to Habitat For Humanity for 5 new homes.

Mavis Sprague: "I think my main concern is the idea of putting 5 houses in a half a block it seems a bit much, like an overkill."

Ardell Knudsvig: "Just the idea green space is so vital in a city now it makes a neighborhood real."

Two decades ago the old Franklin School sat here. The city says they wanted to use the space to produce more taxes.

Dan Johanneck: "By happenstance the habitat for humanity checked in with us, saw the property, we thought it would be a good fit to the cities further development."

A half dozen people are telling the city its not a good idea. They say some of the houses in the area are over 100 years old, and new homes would not match the neighborhood. And they're not willing to give up their green space for green homes.

Mavis Sprague: "When you have houses concentrated like here and no green space it takes away the charm and this area is called the Woods Addition for a reason."

The city says they have a few options going forward. They always try to do what's in the best interest of the community, but they say the land is their's and its ultimately their decision.

Dan Johanneck: "We can turn over the deed of the property to habitat or put them up for sale, or we can just designate it as green space."

The issue will come up again next month at a meeting, and people in the neighborhood say they will be there to see if they can find a mutual agreement. People in the neighborhood say they're not opposed to habitat homes. They would just rather see old homes be renovated versus new homes go up.