Historic Stillwater house saved by TV star declared a public nuisance by city

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A historic house part-way through demolition when it was saved by a television star has been declared a "public nuisance" by the City of Stillwater.

FOX 9 reports that the owner of Boutwell House has been given until May 1 to do something about his property, which he was in the process of demolishing in January when "Rehab Addict" host Nicole Curtis stepped in to stop it.

Now Joel Adamic has been given two options by the city, according to FOX 9: either finish demolishing the 145-year-old home and clear debris from the property; or finish the porch demolition and "submit a restoration plan" to the city.

"It's a potential safety hazard," community-development director Bill Turnblad told the Pioneer Press, adding that the city had received numerous complaints from residents since the demolition was halted.

"It's the scourge of the neighborhood right now," neighbor Dave Erickson told the newspaper, adding that the mess had been attracting rodents and coyotes. "Something has to be done. It either needs to be torn down or fixed up. It's not safe. There's no way to keep little kids out of there."

Minneapolis-based HGTV star Curtis spoke with Adamic after she was made aware that the house was being town down, and in a post on her Facebook page said she turned up "just as the first strike hit."

She hasn't commented on the latest development in Stillwater yet, but her most recent posting on her page is a continuation of her drive to protect historic buildings in Minnesota and beyond.

Until we are proactive vs reactive as a community-historic buildings will continue to come down," she said "Add a deed restriction to your home - get your city councils to restrict demolitions now rather than later."

Real estate agent Jonathan Lindstrom told the Pioneer Press that there are people interested in buying the property – which Adamic put on the market for $650,000 – and said the value of the property is in the land.

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