With an early start, the residents and neighbors of Capitol Hill’s Frederick Anhalt-designed La Quinta apartments have already worked together to win landmarks protections for the 1927-built complex at 17th and Denny.
Now they are in a rush to try to rally together to buy the landmarked building before a sale closes that will move the property into new hands after the death of longtime owner Ken Van Dyke in early 2020.
Residents have started a petition calling on the ownership company set up for the building to hold off on a planned sale and give the neighbors a chance to match the price:
Less than two weeks ago, we discovered that our home was being put on the market. As tenants, we are willing and able to purchase La Quinta collectively, as a cooperative. However, our landlord has refused us the opportunity to purchase, preferring to sell to a buyer who can purchase in cash.
We’ve started a petition to help advocate for our chance to match the highest bidder and buy our home! We are on a tight deadline: the sale is expected to close tomorrow, Wednesday, and we are asking for an extension on that deadline with the help of everyone’s signatures:
“Many of us organized more recently to get La Quinta recognition as a historic landmark, and were successful,” the petition reads. “No matter what happens, the exterior of the building will remain preserved for future tenants or homeowners, however the interior may not be so lucky. Additionally, if purchased by the current buyer, it will likely become unaffordable to live in this place that we have worked hard to preserve.”
CHS is reaching out to the Van Dyke family to ask more about the extension request and planned sale.
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