Monday, January 28, 2008

475 Kent Padlocked As Residents Organize, Hope to Return

A week after tenants were evicted from 475 Kent Avenue by the city, the building was padlocked. The building was locked on Sunday afternoon and tenants held a rally and press event at 4PM to mark the building's closing. About 50 people turned out for the protest, not counting media. There was local news coverage, of course. Meanwhile, the tenants have organized everything from a Media Relations Committee to a Landlord Relations Committee, according to a long list of posts on the 475 Kent website. The building's landlord is said to be interested in having the building certified for residential occupancy. In the meantime, Third Ward, which is located at 175 Morgan has offered itself to displaced 475 Kent tenants.

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