MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The future of a 120-year-old house in South Minneapolis will be decided on Friday by the Minneapolis City Council.
The home at 2320 Colfax Avenue south was built by master builder Theron Potter Healy in 1893. It’s now being used a 15-unit rooming house.
For some time, the owner of the home, Mike Crow, has been battling with the city to sell the house to a developer who plans to construct a four story 45-unit complex. Last week the city’s Zoning and Planning committee voted 5-to-1 to have the home torn down.
But for more than a year, TV host Nicole Curtis has been trying to save the historic property. Curtis is the host of “Rehab Addict” on the DIY network. She restores rundown and sometimes condemned homes in the Minneapolis and Detroit areas.
“We have more neighbors supporting this house to stay standing than this new complex,” Curtis said. “We have vacant lots that need development.”
Curtis resubmitted an offer of $400,000 to purchase the property this week. Curtis believes the developer, Lander Group, made a substantial offer of more than $900,000 in the past.
“If I was this developer, I think I’d make friendly with the neighbors and say, ‘You know what? I see this as a historic house, we’re going to move it,'” Curtis said.