Well, the article states "17 related code violations" - so I thought it was apt.
10 years isn't really that long of a time, really. If it violates code, and they didn't get permits to build it (which appears to be the case), the city can make her tear it down. 10 years isn't really old enough to qualify it as a historic building, I don't think.
Having said that, she does have a city councilman helping her navigate the paperwork, so I think chances are pretty good she'll at least have a CHANCE of getting to keep it.