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Woman Sues Edgewater Historical Society

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
August 11, 2009

BY MARK J. KONKOL Staff Reporter/mkonkol@suntimes.com
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.

The board members say the suit could hurt community activism — and, if they’re ordered to pay damages, perhaps cost them their own homes.
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