Lawsuit against “Real Housewives” star dropped

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.

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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