Duggan weighs in on Nicole Curtis fight with land bank over Detroit home

Detroit – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan turned to HGTV star Nicole Curtis’s lawsuit against the city’s land bank on Monday.

Curtis is suing the Detroit Land Bank Authority on the grounds that it took advantage of it when it took the crime to a house where it put $ 60,000 into rehab.

Curtis, a Lake Orion native who appeared on Rehab Addict Rescue, filed the lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court earlier this month. She claims she is entitled to ownership of the property – based on her sizeable investment and belief that she owned it – or the land bank should compensate her.

Curtis’ Detroit Renovations LLC acquired the 1921 square at 451 E. Grand Boulevard in 2017 from a private owner for $ 17,000. The next year, Curtis was notified that the Detroit Land Bank Authority actually held the title.

Duggan said during a COVID-19 press conference Monday that he is a huge Curtis fan and loves their show, but the city must abide by the law.

“You’d think she’s the only person in town who renovated a house. In the past eight years, 8,000 people have renovated abandoned houses in this town,” Duggan said. “We’re grateful to all of them. In this case, however, and I feel bad for Nicole. It seems she was betrayed. It seems that she paid someone who didn’t own the house and paid her to buy it.” . But the Land Bank cannot legally just give her ownership. “

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Despite efforts by the Curtis legal team last month to reach an agreement on the property, the land bank brought the house to market on Feb.26 for $ 40,000.

Curtis told the Detroit News earlier this month that she had invested the money in the house in good faith and wanted it back. She said the land bank told her to bid on the house. She then turned to the broker for the package deal.

On Saturday Curtis posted on Instagram that she won’t hunt cities she doesn’t want and that she would work at nearby Flint.

“Very excited to announce our plans to work with the City of Flint, Michigan. Their innovative director reached out and said, ‘Hell, if Detroit doesn’t want you – we’d be overjoyed to have you.’ So Bobby and I went on a little road trip and it renewed my belief – these land banks were designed to promote conservation. Note that @buildingdet is done that way, “Curtis wrote.

Duggan said the land bank could not legally give property to Curtis.

“Michigan law says that the government can’t give property to a private individual without getting value. So you can’t come in and say, ‘I made a mistake paying someone who didn’t own the property, so the city of Detroit, give it to me for free, ‘”he said.

In August a judge ruled that the house belonged to the land bank.

“The land bank can’t, and the courts have already ruled twice because it is clearly the land bank’s property, and I suspect they will do it a third time next week,” Duggan said.

“So I hope Nicole Curtis comes forward and offers value.”

Duggan said he would like Curtis to renovate the house.

“You can’t hand the property over with no value. I hope it comes in and offers a decent amount and the land bank and works it out, but that’s the only way they can make this transaction.”

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