July 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
Fargo homeowner Regin Schwaen came up with a creative solution to fight floodwaters at his Belmont Park neighborhood home.
Tags: belmont park, communities, Fargo, Flood, flood wall, Red River, regin schwaen 7 Comments »
Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t they ALREADY have a contest like is mentioned in the article? And didn’t they do NOTHING when they picked a winner. If the officials would be more motivated that might work, but doesn’t really seem to be the case in Fargo sometimes.
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The thing I find amazing about this article is that Regin would spend $15K to “open a dialog”, when in reality his home will probably be bought out and the only dialog that will be opened is that of why taxpayers are paying more money for his house due to this concrete investment.
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I happen to know Regin as well the circumstances under which this wall came about. He wanted to remodel his home, but due to it’s location the city wouldn’t issue a permit unless the remodel included a full flood protection plan. I have no doubt that a concrete wall that is over a foot thick and spans the short distances of a house footprint will not fail in the event of a flood. His yard will flood, so will his garage, but his home will be safe and dry. As for the opening of a dialogue – that is what good and innovative architectural design does, it gets people talking. He is investing far more in the home than in the wall. Not everyone is out to get a flood buyout.
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Aswesome! I only wish more home owners took their time and created not only flood walls but upgrade their homes with their own two hands. We used to build our own homes but over the years we have lost those skills. Any kind of structure though needs approval from the city due to safety issues and you want to do it right the first time.
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Lets see you build one macalleyboy, did you even read the article? What gets me is that the officials are so snub about hearing new ideas. Just a closed topic. More red tape,and nothing will change. Elect the mayor Denny next time around. He’s on top of it. By the way professor macalleyboy I was just wondering. how many home owners in Fargo would you estimate that just have 15,000 expendable cash just lying around?
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I would guess very few homeowners have $15,000 laying around. Funding for this sort of project would likely involve taking a home improvement loan out. The real interesting thing is that there are millions of dollars being paid out by the city to buy up flood-threatened homes. What is a better use of tax payer money, buying up one home for, say, $150,000 or protecting 5 homes (at an average of $30,000 each) with integrated flood walls?
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Why bother? How much tax money did Kathy Hawken receive for her flooded mansion?
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