Hotel Chateau in Lake View is headed to court next month after a recent building inspection revealed a countless number of violations, and officials are saying there’s a possibility it might close its doors for good.
The single room occupancy hotel at 3838 North Broadway has long been a home to social service providers’ most difficult clients, from prisoners to mental health patients, and causes problems residents, business owners and government officials.To read the entire story, including information about the court date and what concerned residents can do, go to Lakeview Patch.
While business owner Jack Gore could not be reached for comment, Special Projects Manager Abby Sullivan with Ald. James Cappleman’s (46th) office said it’s up to Gore whether to close Chateau’s doors.
“There was a big inspection this week, and they were written dozens of building violation tickets,” Sullivan said. “There were fire hazards, electrical issues, rodents, bugs and tons more… I think (closing) is a strong possibility. They’re either going to end up cleaning the place up and running it right, or just shutting it down. We’ll see. It depends on how seriously the owner takes this.”
[...] And according to Sullivan, many business owners and residents near Hotel Chateau may be hoping for a closure. While maintaining affordable housing on the North Side is important to the Ald. Cappleman, Sullivan says there are SRO’s that are run very well, and Hotel Chateau is not one of them.
“Some of the business owners in that area have some real concerns about keeping their businesses open and the clientele at Hotel Chateau because people are worried about visiting that area,” Sullivan said. “It’s a real problem, and we’ve tried to work with the owner and the manager. It got a little bit better, and then it got worse. We don’t see them really changing.”
Now, we've been here before. In 2008, UU ran a story where the Chateau was in Housing Court and was threatened with closure. The owner may do the amount the court requires for the Chateau to stay open, once again. But if you can come to court as a concerned citizen, your presence will be much appreciated.