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Lawsuit Filed against Local Nonprofit Developer

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A Quincy nonprofit developer says the city has filed a nuisance abatement lawsuit against her, and she wants it dropped.

Developer Toni Hemming says the trouble is, she just doesn't have the volunteers or resources to make fast progress.

She says her goal Monday night was to explain a timeline for completion to aldermen, and to ask them to drop that lawsuit. But the city council will have to meet again before finalizing anything.

This house on Van Buren still needs a lot of work. Siding is still missing here and at another renovation project on Elm street.

"It ended up having to have the whole back of the house removed, it was unstable, there was no footing under that addition, that had been put in years ago," says Hemming.

Hemming says she's currently working to flip five different properties, each one meant to be housing for domestic abuse victims and their families. But she says construction has been slow and some neighbors' patience has worn thin. And now, she says the city has stepped in with a nuisance lawsuit.

"I understand they need a time frame because the citizens in the area may be calling their aldermen and saying, "What's going on? Why isn't it happening as fast? And citizens only see what's happening in their neighborhoods, they don't know that I have all these properties across the city," she said.

Monday night, Hemming relayed her concerns, as well as her plans for the future, to the city council. But aldermen did not take any action and called for a special meeting, since it regards a lawsuit.

"If there's a legal matter or a personnel matter - there's very few exceptions that you can call an executive session for, and one is for litigation," said mayor John Spring.

An executive session will take place next Monday.

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