Settlement Reached In St. Cloud ‘Tiny House’ Dispute
ST. CLOUD -- A settlement between St. John's Episcopal Church and the city of St. Cloud over a 'tiny house' on the church's property has been reached.
The resolution allows the church to build a new 384 square-foot building for the homeless in the community. It will replace the original 132 square-foot house, which had been sitting in the church parking lot.
Bob Feigh, an attorney at Gray Plant Moody, represents the church. He says the agreement is a win for all parties involved.
"Neither party gets what they want 100% when it comes to a resolution. But I think this is a good thing for the church, the homeless community and the city of St. Cloud."
The house will include a foundation, electric heat, water and sewer hookup to the church's utilities. The house will be built by students from the St. Cloud Technical and Community College as part of their lesson plan.
A groundbreaking for the new tiny home will take place Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church.
The building will cost about $40,000 to build and the church is accepting donations.
The church filed a lawsuit in August 2016 after the city denied the church from having and using the tiny house to serve as a temporary home for the homeless.