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Continued: "Rehab Addict” host can't stop demolition of Mpls. Park Avenue house

  • Article by: MATT MCKINNEY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 23, 2013 - 10:21 AM

While saying he admired the work that Curtis has done rehabbing properties in other areas of Minneapolis, Smoley said the city must balance the need for historic preservation with the need to develop new properties.

“We can’t legally mandate the preservation of every building,” he said.

Curtis said she had offered to buy the house and move it to another vacant parcel on Park Avenue South. Those plans were apparently moving forward as late as Tuesday when she and her supporters learned that a demolition crew was on its way. Asked why the deal with owner Robert Anderson fell through, Curtis said she didn’t know.

“I have offered crazy money for this,” Curtis said. “This house was a shining example of old world architecture here in Minneapolis. It was just boarded. That was its only crime.”

Owner Robert Anderson could not be reached for comment.

 

Matt McKinney • 612-217-1747

 

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