Community fridge host Vanessa Moranchel wants Des Moines to rezone her home to allow the operation to continue, according to city documents obtained by Axios.
Details: The North Des Moines Community Fridge operates from a shed in the front of Moranchel's home.
- It opened about three months ago and allows people to help themselves to donated food anytime.
Driving the news: DSM received a complaint in April and notified Moranchel that the fridge violates a city ordinance prohibiting accessory structures in front yards.
- An electrical connection to the structure could be dangerous, city officials said.
What they're saying: DSM supports the fridge concept and provided information about possible partnerships with nearby businesses, churches and food banks that were appropriately zoned, according to letters sent to Moranchel.
- Moranchel didn't return Axios' calls.
What's next: City staff will meet with Moranchel next week for a "pre-application conference" to explain the rezoning process.
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