- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) - A bureaucratic mistake is costing a Springfield neighborhood their community garden.

The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/SP402s ) that residents moved into a small Habitat for Humanity neighborhood and have tended the garden for years. But last week, residents were told the federal funds that helped build their homes also meant gardens, picnic tables and playgrounds are prohibited due to safety concerns.

The problem stems from a review of the neighborhood by Eugene and Springfield before construction of the first houses started in 2008. The reviews didn’t take federal rules for common areas into account.

The mistake was caught by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development about two years ago, which halted construction of a ninth home. A new report requiring the dismantling of the garden was approved Jan. 11.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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