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Current Gerber/Hart landlord announces new tenant
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2012-04-25

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As Chicago's LGBT library readies to move to Rogers Park, Gerber/Hart Library's current landlord has announced a new tenant for the space.

Rae Ann Cecrle, the landlord of the library's Edgewater home, told Windy City Times that Blue Buddha Boutique, a Chicago-based business that sells chainmaille jewelry, has signed a lease.

The building is being renovated to accommodate the boutique, said Cecrle. A new fa├žade will replace the current discolored brick and interior plans include a build out. The boutique is scheduled to open by August or September.

Some have worried that Gerber/Hart will not be able to move before its lease expires, but Cecrle said that Gerber/Hart has confirmed that it will be out by April 30.

The library is moving amid controversy surrounding its leadership, after community members accused Gerber/Harts board of directors of violating the organization's bylaws by making decisions in secret and then stripping member voting rights without public notice of a meeting.


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