Thursday, August 25, 2011
Update On SROs In Lakeview
Sheffield House and Belair Hotels. The recent sales of the Sheffield House and Belair Hotel have presented many concerns for my office and our community. When we were made aware of the eviction notices, we immediately reached out to both the sellers and buyer in each situation. My staff and I have been working with the Department of Family and Support Services, the Metropolitan Tenants Organization, Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, and the Lakeview Action Coalition on both buildings to ensure that everyone finds alternative housing and their rights are protected.
I have a commitment from the new owner that no one will be forcefully evicted from either building. Staff is on-site at the Belair and Sheffield House to help residents with their relocation. The City will also work to ensure that residents will be treated with respect.
The conditions of the buildings in their current state are dangerous and deplorable. The City has open court cases with both buildings. There is a vacate order in place from the City at the Sheffield House if violations are not corrected by October. The next step from the new owner is to rehab the properties to correct the numerous building and safety violations.
Of course our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our residents. We will continue to monitor the situation and work with everyone involved to protect the residents and the community.