There's another twist in the tale of a run-down but historic Twin Cities home. The City of Minneapolis is suing Rehab Addict star Nicole Curtis over what it claims is a failure to redevelop the property.
The city filed a suit against the rehabber in district court in January, accusing her of breaking the contract she signed when buying the house (at 1522 Hillside Avenue North) from the city for $2 back in 2012.
Under the contract terms signed in November 2013, Curtis – a protector of historic buildings who rehabs them on her HGTV show – had 12 months to redevelop the property and bring it back into use as a single-family home.
But the city claims she has "failed to substantially complete the minimum improvements" the building needs, and has not paid real estate taxes or maintain insurance on the property.
This, the city contends, constitutes a default on the contract, and as such the city wants to reacquire the home.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Curtis took issue with the suit, stating that she had been paying taxes and insurance on the property and that the city had not detailed what minimum improvements are required. She also claims that her efforts to redevelop the property in 2014 were blocked.
The Star Tribune reports that in court filings, Curtis' lawyers argue that while the home has not been rehabbed, she "was prevented and/or delayed from completing performance ... due to the acts of Plaintiff (the City of Minneapolis) and the acts of third parties."
The newspaper notes that there were delinquent taxes on the property from 2015, but her lawyers say she has paid property taxes since receiving a default notice from the city in July.
Some members of the neighborhood have complained that the property is still undeveloped and consider it a security hazard, though Curtis said on Twitter she has maintained the property via security fencing and lawn care.
Before the default notice was served, ward city council member Blong Yang toured the home in late June along with a city appraiser and met with Curtis, but says he was given no timeline on when the repairs would be carried out.
"She didn’t say much," he said. "I don’t know what the plan is. I think we as a city have to figure out what to do at this point, because it has been a burden on the neighbors who live there."
It's not the only property that Curtis and the city have disagreed on. In 2015, she and Mayor Betsy Hodges had a falling out on Facebook over the demolition of a historic south Minneapolis property called "The Orth" to make way for apartments, as FOX 9 reported.