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What’s left of the Gramercy Place apartments on the 200 block of Portland St. were sold this month. A few of the apartment buildings, which date to 1935, were torn down before being replaced in 2002 by the Museum Tower on Montrose. Now, the seller’s agent says that the remaining 5 buildings and 31 units that records show have been owned for the past 15 years by an entity controlled by Rebecca Parsons were closed on two weeks ago.
And the buyer? The seller’s agent wouldn’t say. But a Swamplot reader with knowledge of the transaction shares a document and some rumors that suggest the buyer is an LLC presided over by Hungry’s Cafe and Bistro owner Fred Sharifi. And the document states an intent to smash the rest of the apartments and put up “residential rental midrise buildings.”
The reader says that “midrise” could mean in this case 2 buildings as tall or taller than the Museum Tower, the back of which is shown here. However, the seller’s agent says that there hasn’t been any indication what, if anything, Sharifi was planning to do with or to the apartments — which are, for the time being, anyway, under new management.
Messages left with the buyer’s agent and Hungry’s for more information haven’t been returned.
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