Longfellow neighborhood wins reprieve after code enforcement sweep

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - City and neighborhood officials from the Longfellow neighborhood reached an agreement on Tuesday to suspend enforcement of dozens of code violations issued in a controversial sweep last month.

Assistant City Manager John Wood, Councilman Jim Glover and Longfellow Neighborhood Association President Spark Bookhart reached an agreement to develop a neighborhood improvement plan that could supersede many of the code violations, the men told 41 Action News.

Those with violations that required redress in 10 days or less will now likely have weeks to address issues with their properties, while Bookhart and the city work out details of the neighborhood improvement plan.

Residents were furious at the way the sweep was conducted and called for, after a developer wrote to several city officials last month. Many residents expressed outrage at a community meeting last night. 

The developer, John Hoffman, said he had no idea the scope of the sweep would be so large and so thorough. 

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