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Lawsuit against “Real Housewives” star dropped

Lisa, Leonard Hochstein can demolish Star Island home
Lisa and Leonard Hochstein and 42 Star Island Drive

Lisa and Leonard Hochstein and 42 Star Island Drive

The Miami Design Preservation League has agreed to drop a lawsuit against a “Real Housewives of Miami” star and her plastic surgeon husband, who want to demolish their Star Island mansion.

Lisa and Leonard Hochstein agreed to drop a countersuit over the preservation league’s standing to pursue a historic designation of the home, which was built in 1925, the Miami Herald reported. The couple also accepted a request to contribute $25,000 to the league to cover the cost of trying to save the home.

The Hochsteins and historic preservation activists in Miami Beach had battled for the last year over the fate of the 42 Star Island Drive mansion. The couple acquired the property for about $8 million through foreclosure in 2012. Miami Beach commissioners voted against declaring the residence a landmark last month. [Miami Herald]Eric Kalis

  • guest

    Who are the idiot commissioners so I can vote against them next time around. Miami Beach is famous for the historically designated Art Deco District. People flock to this island to be enraptured by the Art Deco and Mediterranean Revival time capsule quality of a huge district. The islands of Miami Beach were only recently a throw back to the roaring twenties, the thirties, forties and fifties. When you came upon them by boat or passing by car, one was reminded of the glamourous past and Miami’s early history. These fabulous islands will look like the Ft Lauderdale islands in no time if something is not done to create a historic district on these islands soon!

  • jake

    you have no idea what you are talking about. THE HPB and the rest of Miami does not have their stuff together. People are buying these homes and they are not declared historic and find out the mess after they look to have something done. This house is in horrible shape. If they cared so much the HPB should have been paying the bill to keep this house in good enough shape so it wouldn’t have to be torn down. People come to Miami because its Miami not because Al capone lived in some house for a year just like he did with the other 100 houses across the nation. You don’t need to save every freaking house that was built in the 20’s and 30’s. Are they going to claim every ugly high rise in Miami historic in 20 years?!?!?! You should be more worried about all the ugliness being built today and who its making Miami the ugliest architectural city in the world now. Lets build 50 story glass everywhere. Yeah great idea!