‘Windy City Rehab’: Alison Victoria Says Season 2 Is Happening Despite Clash with City Over Permits
Season 2 of Windy City Rehab is still happening despite conflicts with the city of Chicago over permits. The show’s star Alison Victoria took to Instagram last week to assure fans that the second season of the HGTV show is currently in production.
The city had suspended permits for both Victoria (whose real name is Alison Gramenos) and her lead contractor Donovan Eckhardt, Deadline reported. Officials said they were working without proper permits, made false statements on permit applications, and were doing work that “poses an imminent threat” to the health safety of workers and the public.
‘Windy City Rehab’ star says the issues are being resolved
After news of the permitting troubles became public, Victoria was quick to say that she was working on resolving the issues. She’s also apparently cut ties with Eckhardt.
“I want you to hear it from me directly that I am working closely with the City of Chicago to repair and amend any and all permits with our new general contractors,” she wrote in an Instagram post on July 14. “The building department says they are pleased with our efforts and we will continue to work closely together to move in the right direction.”
She added that Season 2 of Windy City Rehab is currently filming and that she “can’t wait to get back home to Chicago to continue building beautiful places and spaces for all of you to see in early 2020.”
Victoria did not comment on her relationship with Eckhardt or his company, Greymark Development Group, which the city has blocked from pulling new permits, according to Deadline. The Chicago Department of Buildings has also applied to suspend Greymark’s license for one year.
Victoria has clashed with neighbors in the past
Windy City Rehab’s permitting problems are just the latest issue for the popular show. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, some Chicagoans complained about the program, claiming that Victoria’s million-dollar renovations were changing the character of the city — and not for the better.
Neighbors who lived near homes renovated on the show also said that dealing with Victoria and her crew was an unpleasant experience. The complained of trash, noise, double-parked trucks, and other problems.
“Honestly, these people make me sick — they’re so annoying,” one neighbor told the Sun-Times.
Elected officials have promised to take Victoria to task. “If they seek to do another project in my ward, I’ll insist on a firm commitment from them to focus on neighborhood relations and take steps to mitigate the complaints that are typically associated with a construction project in a residential neighborhood,” Alderman Brian Hopkins told the Sun-Times in March.
Critics have also said that Windy City Rehab isn’t being honest about the profit they’re supposedly making on the renovated properties. While six-figure profits are touted on the show, property records indicate that in reality, some of the homes seen on TV are still unsold, the Sun-Time reported.
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