A reader sends a cautionary tale:
I wanted other neighborhood readers to learn of a disturbing occurrence at 950 W Leland that occurred September 13. It appears that squatters and/or non-residents are attempting to "move-in" to empty, unsold units.
At around 10:30PM, a woman, insulated by overflowing bins of childrens' clothing and toys, was sleeping in a hallway outside of an empty condo unit "waiting" for her keys. Police were in the process of having her and her belongings removed. Interestingly, this same woman had been blocking the vestibule of the building earlier in the day with the unpacked and overflowing piles of clothing, toys, etc.
When questioned by a suspicious resident as to whether she was moving in or out, she appeared confused and incohesive, barely able to answer the question, claiming she was moving in to the second floor. The resident responded with the fact that -- the second floor of the building is the parking garage.
Additionally, while there is no concrete evidence (yet) that certain individuals who have taken up residence in the building are squatting, all reasonable signs suggest that indeed, they are... and are letting others into the condo building from the "inside." It's clearly an issue that somehow is being overlooked, or at least that's my humble opinion.
Uptown residents... please be mindful of your surroundings at all times. And if something doesn't seem right, chances are it probably isn't. Fortunately this potential intruder was removed by our responsive police force prior to gaining entry into the unit, which may have subsequently resulted in even greater problems within this otherwise quiet, beautiful new residential building.