August 14, 2009
Woman Sues Edgewater Historical Society
The cost of history
Woman sues Edgewater preservationists for blocking sale: 'They were trying to ruin me'
BY MARK J. KONKOL
The hulking Victorian villa in Edgewater has seen better days.
Its muscular concrete porch is cracked, propped up now by iron supports. A rear addition is slowly sinking into the backyard. Inside, a gut job would be needed to make it habitable once more.
But when members of the Edgewater Historical Society got wind of a developer's plan to buy the yellow-brick behemoth at 6018 N. Kenmore and tear it down to build condos, they rallied to save the place, seeing it as a potential city landmark.
Now, the neighborhood preservationists are being sued. Property owner Brigitta Riedel says she lost out on more than $1 million when the sale went south and is suing to the historical society and four of its board members, accusing them of carrying off a "calculated, sophisticated attack" to kill the sale...
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