Nicole Curtis hates 'affordable housing' that replaced south Minneapolis homes

Is this an "affordable" price?

Is this an "affordable" price?

Nicole Curtis, star of HGTV's Rehab Addict show, has a history of feuding with the city of Minneapolis when it tries to tear down a house. 

As of this week, she's also pissed about what they're building in one's place.

Curtis was vocal with her extreme displeasure at the decision to tear down a 122-year-old home on Colfax Avenue in south Minneapolis. Back in 2014, when the home was under threat, Curtis went so far as to stage a candlelight vigil on the street outside the property, which had been known as the Orth House. 

She also frequently posted about the development plan on social media, where her many, many followers eagerly took her up on the opportunity to attack Mayor Betsy Hodges and City Councilwoman Lisa Bender, who represents that district.  

Now they've got a whole new reason to attack. This week, Curtis posted an update of sorts on Facebook, saying the city's explanation that the Wedge area needed more "affordable housing" doesn't hold water. Motiv Apartments, the complex built on the lots in question, has units priced at $1,545 a month for a one-bedroom.

"I'm sure this is 'affordable housing' for people with nice government jobs over 85k a year like the mayor and council members- but 1500 + for a one bedroom —not exactly an affordable home for a family working on an average salary," Curtis wrote. "SHAME ON YOU BOTH!"

Curtis asks, angrily, why the city's not putting affordable housing on the north side.

Curtis asks, angrily, why the city's not putting affordable housing on the north side.

Curtis makes the case that a family could be paying off a mortgage on a $200,000 house for roughly the same monthly payment. (That math might check out generally, though Mrs. Curtis might have lost touch with the going rate for a three-bedroom house in the Wedge.)  

To be fair to Motiv, Curtis plucked one of the pricier single-bedroom offerings. Others can be had for around $1,200 a month, more or less in line with a citywide average found in a recent study of rent price; a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment with a patio goes for $2,045. 

Curtis closes her message asking why Hodges and the city wanted affordable housing where homes already existed, when there are "500 vacant lots" in north Minneapolis.

The TV star's legion of fans dug in, as they do, adding the classic punchline from the old doctor joke: And you're ugly, too. 

"What a shame and this building to so [sic] ugly and such an eye sore," says one. 

Others hint that Bender and Hodges must be in the pockets of developers backing their campaigns. A search of Bender's recent campaign finance disclosure form finds that she is, in fact, fairly popular among developers and architects who do business in her Ward 10 district. One of her donors was Michael Lander, principal of the Lander Group, which runs Motiv Apartments.

Then again, Lander only gave $150 to the Bender campaign. Is that all it takes to get an apartment building these days?