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Local group set to buy, restore historic Stillwater home saved by TV star

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The debate over the future of historic Boutwell House could be coming to an end, after a report that a local group is set to buy it and restore it to its former glory.

The city of Stillwater gave homeowner Joel Adamic until May 1 to either demolish or put forward a plan to restore the 145-year-old home. The city had declared it a "public nuisance" after demolition was halted part-way through in January following the intervention of Twin Cities-based "Rehab Addict" television star Nicole Curtis.

Stillwater's Community Development Director Bill Turnblad gave an update on the home's future at a city council meeting on Tuesday, and revealed the home is set to stay, rather than being demolished.

In a video of Tuesday's meeting, Turnblad told the council a local organization plans to purchase the property with the intention of restoring it and then selling it on the private market.

As a result of this, Turnblad says the council considers its public nuisance complaint "abated."

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The name of the group planning to buy the home was not revealed, but two clean-up days are being organized for May at the property, which will be boarded up and secured until restoration work can begin, according to the Stillwater Current.

The news will come as welcome relief to those living in neighboring properties, who have told the Pioneer Press it is attracting coyotes, rodents and other vermin in its partly-demolished state.

"I don't appreciate having a wild kingdom next to me. It is affecting my property values ... having a half torn-down house sitting next to me," Dave Erickson told the newspaper.

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