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“Windy City Rehab” hit with stop-work order on Bucktown project

Designer Alison Victoria and developer Donovan Eckhardt and a rendering of 1906 North Hoyne Avenue (Credit: HGTV)

Designer Alison Victoria and developer Donovan Eckhardt and a rendering of 1906 North Hoyne Avenue (Credit: HGTV)

The show must go on, but work on one of the homes featured in HGTV’s “Windy City Rehab” certainly won’t.

A Bucktown house being renovated by the team behind the popular home-flipping show was hit with a stop-work order because the show’s stars didn’t have a permit to build the garage, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

City crews Tuesday ordered work stopped on the home at 1906 North Hoyne Avenue after noticing a garage and garage deck were built without the proper permits.

This isn’t the first time the show’s stars — designer Alison Victoria and developer Donovan Eckhardt — have run afoul of city inspectors. The team previously was hit with two stop-work orders after exterior walls at a different renovation site caved in, according to the Sun-Times.

Exkhardt, who runs Greymark Development Group, was summoned to City Hall in late March to meet with officials over the work issues and complaints about noise and trash.

“Windy City Rehab” follows Victoria and Eckhardt as they undertake sometimes anguish-filled rehabs and then sell the properties. Its first season featured 11 home projects on the North Side. It has been renewed for a second season, which will include the rehab of the former home of Miko’s Italian Ice in Bucktown.

The home where work was ordered to halt was featured in the show’s first season and iis on the market for $1.4 million, a $20,000 price drop from an earlier listing, according to the Sun-Times. [Sun-Times] — Joe Ward


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