...like a handful of properties that have been demolished in North Minneapolis, it's a solid structure and deserves to be saved. (The vast majority of houses torn down in North Minneapolis NEEDED to be torn down)
The issue came before Hawthorne: what should CPED do? Acquire the house to tear it down? Or let it go on the open market?
The house in question has seen better times, but it has amazing features inside like many of the houses in North Minneapolis hitting the market at substantial discounts. I wrote a blog post once about suspected drug dealing which was taking place right in front of the house and (without blogging about it) I personally made several 311 calls on the property. The house in question is notable because massive amounts of ivy have taken over one side of the building, a situation way beyond merely decorative. However, the house is right at the border of the Eco-Village, where massive amounts of money have been spent to turn around four tough blocks. Wasn't the whole idea to promote a ripple effect on the area nearby?
At the full board, there was a tie vote: 4 to 4 over whether to recommend demolition to CPED. The chair could have broken the vote but elected to let it stand as it was. And so--because CPED does tend to give these recommendations some weight--it would appear the house is saved from demolition.
This is, of course, not the end of the matter. Something will happen with that house. If a slumlord thinks they're going to turn that house into a disgusting fleabag hovel for no-accounts, (as some in favor of demolition have fearfully expressed) well, be advised: this house is under the special watchful eye of the Hawthorne Neighborhood Association and a small but powerful collection of bloggers.