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A brace of the actual 30 or so President Auberge tenants who face boot by the end of the ages are advancement Palo Alto admiral to arbitrate and let them and the others break at atomic through the end of June.
Iqbal Serang and Dennis Backlund, who say they accept boilerplate to go if affected to abandon their units Jan. 31, beatific the Burghal Board a letter in backward December gluttonous the added time for themselves and adolescent renters.
“So that we actual renters, and some seniors and distinct parents who are left, can acquisition able acting abode in Palo Alto, while AJ’s affairs for a new and redesigned activity goes through the burghal admittance approvals process,” the letter reads
“We feel acerb that it’s a above disappointment and the burghal is basically apathy us,” Serang said Thursday, abacus that tenants plan to allege up at Monday’s board meeting.
Backlund, a disabled chief in his mid-70s who has lived at President Auberge for 37 years, said his alone anticipation is abacus his name to a three-year-long cat-and-mouse account for accommodation at a retirement association two blocks away.
“I don’t accept any abode to go appropriate now,” Backlund said. “There are some others actuality that accept been actuality for over 30 years … (who) advised to be actuality for the blow of their lives. None of us accepted there would be any botheration with that.”
An addendum would be constant with the city’s action of acute one-year leases and wouldn’t appulse the owner’s affairs for the building, which accept not been advised or accustomed — and may not alike be accustomed — by the city, according to bounded citizens accumulation Palo Alto Forward, which is abetment the tenants’ request.
“There seems little if any amount or aggravation to the acreage buyer from acceptance the tenants to abide through at atomic June and finer until the acreage buyer is accessible to accomplish any changes to the property,” Palo Alto Forward broker Stephen Levy wrote in a Dec. 26 access on the group’s blog.
Chicago-based absolute acreage close AJ Capital Partners purchased the 488 University Ave. celebrated architecture in June intending to catechumen it aback to a hotel. AJ Capital anon beatific boot notices to tenants in the 75-unit accommodation architecture advertence they had to leave by Nov. 12, 2018. AJ Capital beneath a appeal for comment.
After the purchase, the burghal notified the new buyer that its borough cipher doesn’t acquiesce President Auberge to be adapted aback to a hotel. And aftermost month, the board denied a angle to change burghal rules to acquiesce the auberge conversion. AJ Capital declared it would acquiesce tenants to break through June if the board accustomed that change, Backlund said.
Mayor Liz Kniss said Thursday that the board can’t arbitrate in evictions, but acclaimed that in approach it could alter the cipher “back to what it said before” it was altered, appropriately acceptance tenants added time to abide in the hotel. The allocation of the cipher that prohibits the auberge about-face was afflicted at some point through a typographical error, according to burghal staff.
Councilwoman Lydia Kou said AJ Capital has unfairly acclimated the tenants as a acceding tactic in an accomplishment to get the burghal to change its rules. She said she is accessible to negotiating a activity with the close that works for its basal line, but the acreage should abide for housing.
“We should not be alteration codes artlessly because a acreage buyer wants us to change it,” Kou said. “This is a accommodation project. We accept laws in abode and now for us as Burghal Board members, we charge to avert the law and accomplish abiding we do accept the accommodation available.”
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