Sell ​​or Destroy: In the Tug of War for Rochester’s Most Expensive Home – Post Bulletin

ROCHESTER – Tucked away in southwest Rochester is an unfinished home for sale that, depending on who you ask, has the potential to be Rochester’s most luxurious home or is an eyesore worthy of a demolition crew.

The debate has become a tug of war over the future of the property at 2630 Wild Rose Lane SW. It put the home’s owner, Tamanna Krebsbach, against the Rochester Township Board. While Krebsbach tries to sell the house, the board and neighbors in the community try to have it torn down.

“I’m very discouraged by this,” Krebsbach said. “There’s just no compromise. It’s just a tug of war with them. And instead of my neighbors getting together and saying, ‘Hey, what can we do to help,’ I just feel very unwelcome.”

The unfinished home is listed for $1.5 million and sits on 4.5 acres. Construction on the home has halted for the past two years after Krebsbach and her husband divorced and abandoned the idea of ​​completing what would become their dream home.

However, neighbors in the area are frustrated by the lack of progress and last September submitted a petition with more than 100 signatures to the Rochester Township Board asking for something to be done.

Neighbors surrounding the unfinished home at 2630 Wild Rose Lane SW in Rochester petitioned the Rochester Township to do something with the home. The Rochester community has since filed an injunction to have the house demolished, claiming it was a dangerous structure.

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The board filed a lawsuit in Olmsted County District Court on March 24, 2022, seeking the demolition of the home for violating the Minnesota Hazardous or Substandard Buildings Act.

“We owe it to our constituents up there to take action,” said Board Chairman Matt Kitzmann. “They played around for years without doing anything. It’s time. So if they sell it that would be great. … Whether that will happen I don’t know. We’ve toyed with this for years and our constituents say enough is enough and I agree with them.”

Board member Nathan Clarke – whose given address is Wild Rose Lane Southwest, according to the board’s website – declined to comment.

Legal battles over the past two years with her builder and her divorce proceedings halted all development of the home, but Krebsbach eventually received it in full in 2021. Not much later, in September, she happened to find out that her neighbors had submitted her petition to the local council.

“I didn’t even know about a petition, I didn’t know about the board meeting. I only knew because I called to complain about a German shepherd that was in my yard and wouldn’t come out,” Krebsbach said. “And the person is like, ‘Oh, they’re calling about this damn house.’ I’m like, ‘Sorry, this is my house.’”

Drone - 2630 Wild Rose Lane SW

The unfinished home at 2630 Wild Rose Lane SW in Rochester is listed for sale for $1.5 million. The community of Rochester has filed an injunction to have the home demolished for violating the community’s height restriction on homes.

Andrew Link / Post Bulletin

Krebsbach and her family lived on the property from 2013 before planning to demolish their old home to build a home that Krebsbach believes would have been worth $6 million.

Real estate agent Robin Gwaltney of Gwaltney Group/RE/MAX Results was surprised when the couple approached her with plans for a country rebuild in 2017, but when she saw their design plans, she understood why.

Plans for the home are spread over the four floors and include a six car garage, six bedrooms and a top level that will be used solely as an ‘entertainment level’.

“They were very excited to build their dream home and they had an architect draw the plans and it was just stunning, totally unlike anything else that was around here,” Gwaltney said of the design.

Krebsbach said all of their permits were approved and the design of the home was presented to the community before construction began on the property.

The couple invested around $2 million to build the home before splitting in 2019. Both decided they didn’t want to live in the house and were advised not to spend any more money on it or to sell it.

When Krebsbach was finally able to put the house on the market last year, it was sold in two days, Gwaltney said. The sale was conditional on the Rochester Township Board approving the reinstatement of the now-expired permits and the home meeting the community’s height restrictions on homes. The top level is currently violating this restriction, said Kitzmann.

To meet the constraint, either the top level of the house must be removed, or the ground floor around the house raised – something that would fill 1,100 worth of dump trucks around the house. This would require the permits to be restored and the buyer would have to post a potential $1 million bail to repair any damage sustained to the roadway during the shipment of the infill.

Drone - 2630 Wild Rose Lane SW

The unfinished home at 2630 Wild Rose Lane SW in Rochester is listed for sale for $1.5 million. The community of Rochester has filed an injunction to have the home demolished for violating the community’s height restriction on homes.

Andrew Link / Post Bulletin

Krebsbach said she and her ex-husband were never informed that the home violated height restrictions when they submitted their plans, nor was she informed at the time that fill material was needed in the home. She said in 2018 that they had withdrawn permits to install a retaining wall after neighbors complained.

“Everyone started barking at the community about the altitude, then all of a sudden we weren’t where we were supposed to be,” Kresbsach said. “I mean, we built the house, it’s standing, and now they’re telling us we need to do something different, and I’m not buying it.”

However, the prospective buyer was willing to seek and fill any necessary permits, Gwaltney said, but after a meeting with the board, the buyer withdrew its bid.

“The prospective buyer said, ‘You know what, this is going to be more trouble than it’s worth because they really aren’t interested in allowing me to put the filling in,'” Gwaltney said.

Kitzmann said the only options he sees for the home are to dismantle it or have the top level removed because so many dump trucks would “destroy the road.”

Drone - 2630 Wild Rose Lane SW

The unfinished home at 2630 Wild Rose Lane SW in Rochester is listed for sale for $1.5 million. The community of Rochester has filed an injunction to have the home demolished for violating the community’s height restriction on homes.

Andrew Link / Post Bulletin

Gwaltney said it was unrealistic to ask for the top level to be removed because it was part of the home’s appeal to potential buyers.

According to the minutes of the February 10, 2022 Rochester Township Board meeting, a verbal agreement was reached between Krebsbach and the board. Krebsbach agreed with the board of directors to give the municipality permission to dismantle the home if it was not sold within the next 90 days.

A written agreement was drawn up but not signed. Krebsbach said she refused because of the language in the contract, but Kitzmann claims it was a delaying tactic.

The board has now filed an injunction in Olmsted County District Court to have the home demolished for violating Minnesota’s Hazardous or Substandard Buildings Act. The board claimed the top level of the house made it a dangerous structure and thus violated the law.

A court date has not yet been set.

“We owe it to the people who live in this neighborhood to find the outcome, (whether) it’s adequately completed or dismantled,” Kitzmann said. “It’s just a beautiful neighborhood up there, and for those neighbors to have to stare at that thing for years isn’t right. We have to correct that.”

Krebsbach said she understands some of her neighbors’ frustrations, but the whole situation has been out of her control until now.

“I understand they’re upset that it’s green and lying around there, but think about what we’ve had to go through,” she said.

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