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.

See also:
TV host Nicole Curtis unsuccessfully tries to stop demolition of Mpls home built in 1889 [PHOTOS]

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.

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jirk83
jirk83

It is a shame that they had to demolish such a nice old house. I am guessing it just couldn't be brought up to safety requirements. I know a lot of people are upset about this, but I don't know if it could have been helped. That is, not without a lot of money to fix it up. 

 Elisa Jed | http://www.ascotdemolition.com.au

SirSwearsALot
SirSwearsALot

I am so fucking tired of all of these fucking condos and apartments. Uptown now looks like an even more soulless version of Edina. The Suburban World Theater has a sign on it saying it's being "renovated". If it becomes a Barnes and Noble like the one in Rochester, you can kiss Mager's & Quinn goodbye.

Please, someone spraypaint on something.

Keith Morris
Keith Morris

I like how city council acts like they're powerless when they're the ones who are keeping zoning policies in place which reward demolition of historic structures and punish development of empty lots. As a developer with those as your option they've already made the decision for you. Unless you were building apartments as a charitable act.

UncleSi
UncleSi

That house had so many code violations that it would have been rejected by 'Hoarders.' 

Mike Jones
Mike Jones

Sorry, I was on mobile for the first posts. "Curtis told reporters she even went as far as to offer to purchase the home and move it to another parcel of land, but she ultimately couldn't come to an agreement with the property owner." I read this as she didn't offer enough money. At any rate, the tactics to preserve the house were over the top, and you can't force a property owner to sell when they don't want. Uptown isn't a museum. We should preserve the buildings worth preserving, and replace the hovels with dense affordable housing.

Kari Jo Rod
Kari Jo Rod

I'm tired of these ugly expensive apartments going up like weeds. They are ruining the small town feel of uptown and killing the aesthetics of the neighborhood.

Greta von Otto
Greta von Otto

Where was all this outrage when the truly historic, Art Deco Star & Tribune building was demolished for a publicly funded park? At least this is private development, and this building was a wreck inside and out.

Angie Remjeske
Angie Remjeske

They should restore the house instead. Huge shame they want to tear it down. Huge shame !!

Erin L. Olson
Erin L. Olson

Pathetic. Sad to see so much history being demolished.

Mike Jones
Mike Jones

Kari Jo Rod Are you sure? I thought that was a northside house?

Patricia Cornish
Patricia Cornish

So sad - WHY does such a gorgeous house need to fall to the wrecking ball?

Eduardo Gallegos Parra
Eduardo Gallegos Parra

Yawn another cookie cutter over priced apartment building. They all are stating to look the same.

Mike Jones
Mike Jones

Sorry to break the circlejerk, but this place was a shithole that nobody wanted to pay for. I know some people never want anything demolished ever, but I'd prefer we'd use informed discretion in what to save.

Kevin Jay
Kevin Jay

indigenous homes "out" developers in....

Jake Benecasa
Jake Benecasa

I'm getting really tired with the city council okaying all of the development both here and in Dinkytown. I moved to Dinkytown for the small-town charm and the charm of it. I didn't move there to be surrounded by apartment complexes and high rises. I'm 100% tired of it all.

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

This is privately owned property, idiots.  

Nathan James-swap
Nathan James-swap

Minneapolis destroying something historic?? No. Why that's all this city should be known for.

JillianS1
JillianS1

I live on the same block as this house. I've been inside that house, and sadly it looks horrible inside and out. The current owners have done nothing as far as upkeep goes. While I don't think it's much of gem and there really isn't much to be saved, we definitely don't need another ridiculously overpriced apartment complex in it's place. And unless they're tearing down more than 1 house, I don't see how it's even going to fit there.

Christian Abrahamson
Christian Abrahamson

More lofts!!! Oh yeah don't forget the fantastic SAMs and snap fitness at the bottom.

Nathan Jorgenson
Nathan Jorgenson

If you had looked at the site plans you'd see that there is parking in the building. I've lived a block away for almost 5 years and rarely have problems parking.

Leif Lundeen
Leif Lundeen

Lander. He has a lot next to calhoun beach club that he has yet to start building on as well.

Leif Lundeen
Leif Lundeen

where are you all gonna park?!?! Or is every tenant using transit/bike?

Hugh Jalias
Hugh Jalias

Excellent point Matt. Its also part of the Agenda 21 vision.

Hugh Jalias
Hugh Jalias

I'm all for it. It helps keep the Hipsters concentrated in one part of the cities that way. The last thing we need is more hipsters just roaming the entire Twin Cities area. BTW... there is little of the original house left. It was gutted years ago and turned into a boarding house. You people crying historic are null'd and voided. Now go save an owl, or a tree or something.

Lynn Quijada
Lynn Quijada

Oh boy am I glad I've left and don't see it anymore. It made me incredibly sad to see destruction of the old rather than renovation with creative solutions. Mpls just doesn't value it's architectural history. Very sad indeed.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1

What a dump.   It's out lived in usefulness.   One can bet the heating / cooling? / plumbing / electrical / none is up to date.   Never mind about air infiltration / windows / and attic insulation.  Is there any off street parking for the tenants?  Probably the bathrooms haven't been remodeled since 1940.  A high maintenance, low efficiency building.

This is one of the problems with Minneapolis proper, the housing stock is awful.  Not that an apartment building will be any better, but just because the house is 120 years old doesn't mean it has any significance. 

Matt Touchette
Matt Touchette

This isn't the Council's idea, the building Owner has been planning on doing this for some time now.

Matt Touchette
Matt Touchette

Increasing the population density is the Council's vision for the future to grow the tax base.

Chris Peden
Chris Peden

I wonder if its going to be a section 8 apartment?

Virginia Fleming Tschida
Virginia Fleming Tschida

Again the city council and their stupid ideas. waste of money and time. put money into the the historic house and start caring about the city again

Daego Piech
Daego Piech

Uptown is a festering hive of idiots now anyway. It is all irresponsible bicyclists on Lyndale, half blind senile Wedge shoppers in Volvos, aggressive bus drivers, and $4 coffee. Just drive the final coffin nail in already so we can stop holding onto the outdated idea that Uptown is even remotely tolerable or fun. Start developing cool stuff on Lowrey between Marshall and University. Move the VFW there. Limit the size of new structures North of Broadway to prevent the condo infestation and make a law requiring side view mirrors on bicycles. Done and done.

UncleSi
UncleSi

You had me until you got to the affordable housing business. 

iain.stjames
iain.stjames

the problem is Minneapolis is NOT a small town any more...perhaps you should go live in one if that is what you want. We are a MAJOR metropolitan city that NEEDS denser population/ safer up to date homes that can handle the needs of TODAYS property occupiers, such as safe ecological smart products able to handle the electrical and water needs of todays tech products of daily life.These so called old homes are fire traps and death traps if not properly updated. Hacks like flip artist Nicole do not really update and fix homes and almost every on from her show is a disaster. Most have been sold and resold with many complaint sabout the actual workmanship. (Paint on exteriors that doesn't last even two years?  Come on she is a nut job.

UncleSi
UncleSi

Don't try to confuse the uninformed with facts. Notice how the folks who were trying to save this rooming house used 100 year old pictures of it? For once the city council did the right thing.

hopjeremy
hopjeremy

Then move to Isanti or Cambridge for small town charm. Those two towns won't have any high rises.

iain.stjames
iain.stjames

there is nothing worth saving to bring it up to todays standards of a multi unit house. Even Crazy Nicole just made a big deal because she wanted it at a steal. She is a complete hack!

iain.stjames
iain.stjames

dont all the properties she 'fixes are pieces of crap and resell because of the shoddy workmanship and 'menards" fixtures


whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

The City doesn't own the home.  It is owned by a private entity.


hopjeremy
hopjeremy

Cities typically have low and high rise buildings. Don't like it?  Move to a small town or the suburbs. Want your 99 cent coffee?  Move to the suburbs and drive to Super America for your mud.  


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