It seems tenants of the apartments above the old Wyndham Art Supplies store have been quietly been getting pushed out so the owners can ensure it's empty before the city buys it in a couple of months.
I've spoken to one tenant who confirmed he received $1,000 plus forgiveness of his $550 February rent if he agreed to be gone before March 1.
Property standards and accessibility issues could have proven problematic if there were still residential tenants there when the building became city-owned.
A city official told me today the city "isn't directly involved at all" with the tenants getting the cash-wrapped boot, but conceded the offer to purchase is based on the building being empty.
We'll have more in the paper Wednesday.