Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Bye-Bye To Tree House's Former Safe House

For more than 40 years, the sprawling three-story building at 1212 West Carmen was home to Tree House Cat Shelter, a (mostly) no-kill, no-cage haven where literally thousands of kitties found safety.

Last summer, Tree House moved out of Uptown to a larger facility on the Far North Side (7225 North Western) where it can save even more lives.

Last week, the original building was demolished and only a few remnants remain to show what was there. Don't shed any tears for it - the kitties are excellent real estate investors! The shelter bought the house back in 1975 for $25,000, and in it sold for $875,000 ($80,000 over list price) in 2017. That 'll buy a lot of Fancy Feast and cardboard scratchers.

(We can only imagine what forty years and thousands of cats does to a building!)

What's next? According to the signs, the property is under the management of a firm that designs and builds custom single-family homes, so it should be fun to watch what goes up at that location.

1 comment:

  1. The land was worth all that money, not the bldg. so whether there were cat odors didn't matter at all.