Richfield to builders: Don't skip the garage

"Richfield to builders: Don't skip the garage"
By Mary Jane Smetanka, Star Tribune, June 7, 2008

Inner-ring suburb Richfield followed the classic post-World War II development pattern: rambler + garage + breezeway between the two. But now Richfield will require new single-family homes to have garages, raising concerns about affordability.

"It's another form of exclusionary zoning through codes, basically, upping the price of what it takes to live in a community," Becky Yust (DHA Department Head; Housing Studies) told Smetanka. "If a garage adds a minimum of $20,000 to the price of a house, that could be $150 more a month interest."

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