Divisive Developer Drives Neighbors from Neighborhood

Logan Square Tenants To Picket Developer over Evictions

CHICAGO—(ENEWSPF)—January 28, 2014. Mass evictions and drastic rent increases have long been a staple tool of the Real Estate Developer. Tenants in 2536 N. Sawyer, a 50-unit apartment complex purchased by M. Fishman & Co., are fighting back. In December, M. Fishman gave many rent-paying tenants 30-day eviction notices or a $250 rent increase.

The picketing will begin at 4:30 PM, Thursday January 30th, on the corner of Kedzie and Fullerton. The crowd will march to Fishman’s office, 3215 W. Fullerton, where tenants will give testimonies about their experiences. Afterward, the crowd will march to M. Fishman owned Logan Theater to distribute leaflets and speak with patrons. M. Fishman bought and rehabbed the Logan Theater with $1,000,000 in TIF money. Tenants are outraged that a developer who used money from the community is now displacing it.

Tenants include veterans, seniors, and young mothers. Many of the children in the building have attended local public schools for years. Ined Rosario says, “We deserve respect and the right to be heard. We won’t be pushed from neighborhood to neighborhood because we can’t afford it. We’re people and our lives are worth more than money.”

Mark Fishman, President of the company and resident of Deerfield, IL, started an organization called I am Logan Square to “support the arts and cultural development”. Yet, tenant Paul Donnely says, “through these evictions, Mark Fishman shows that the working families who already are Logan Square aren’t even considered in his development plan.” 

Tenants have requested to meet with M. Fishman & Co. Initially, M. Fishman employees agreed to meet with 2-3 representatives. However, after tenants asked that they meet with everyone affected, that offer was verbally retracted, and written communication to the tenants from Fishman and Co. has completely ceased.  

The Metropolitan Tenants Organization is the largest organizer of tenants and tenants associations in Chicago.  

Source: Metropolitan Tenants Organization