Mpls green-lights demolition of historic Wedge home [PHOTOS, VIDEO]

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This 2320 Colfax Avenue South home has been the topic of controversy.
On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council green-lighted a developer's plan to tear down a more than 120-year-old home at 2320 Colfax Avenue South in the Wedge and replace it with a large apartment building.

The decision was a controversial one. Last year, the City Council ruled that the rooming house, constructed in 1883 by T.P. Healy, met the definition of a historic resource. But the property owner then applied for a permit to demolish it anyway. His application was approved Friday by an 11-2 vote, with Council Members Lisa Goodman and Blong Yang voting nay.

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Here's a rendering of the building developers plan to build where the Healy home now stands:

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The council's vote was deeply unpopular with local resident Nicole Curtis, host of HGTV's Rehab Addict. Curtis has consistently been an outspoken critic of attempts to demolish old homes and waged a campaign to persuade the city to preserve 2320 Colfax. Curtis even organized a series of candlelight vigils outside the home. Here she is cutting a promo on Wedge-area Council Member Lisa Bender during one of them last week:



Curtis isn't the only one hot with Bender over her support for development. The person Bender defeated last year for her City Council seat, Meg Tuthill, sided with the preservationists: And Bender's supporters were labeled "Benderifiers" (like "gentrifiers, get it?): During Friday's meeting, Yang denounced the attacks on Bender, who like him is a first-term council member.

(For more, click to page two.)


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