Although officials have yet to announce who the new owners are, their lawyers announced Tuesday plans to completely gut and rehab Hotel Chateau.
Mitchell Asher, the lawyer representing the newly formed LLC behind the building’s buyers, told the judge during Tuesday’s hearing that his clients have the funding to do a gut and rehab. However, he also said that means residents will need to find somewhere lese to live.So is it better to live in squalor, in an unsafe building, or to be relocated to another area with a safer, yet unfamiliar, setting? That seems to be the eternally debated issue.
“This building will be completely gutted,” Asher said. “…(Which means) it has to be vacated.”
The story quotes Ald. Cappleman saying, “We reviewed the living situation at Hotel Chateau and it’s much worse than I ever dreamed possible, and I’m alarmed. …It is not safe for those people (living at Hotel Chateau), and my focus now is saving people’s lives.”
Although the Chateau is privately owned, and receives no government assistance or funding, the Department of Family Support Services will be stepping in to relocate the tenants and find other options for them. No timeline was given in court today.
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