Hotel Riverview to Start Evicting Tenants
Now that hoteliers Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson have purchased the old Hotel Riverview on Jane Street in NYC, the transformation to hip boutique hotel (aka eviction process of long-term "guests" has begun.) But there's a ray of hope for current hotel staffers. Their jobs may be safe. A downtown source emailed us to say:
As of yesterday Wednesday 1/9/08, attorneys for Eric Goode & Sean MacPherson have signed the final documents and final payment for the Riverview Hotel. The hotel is officially their property as of Monday 1/14/08. My sources have told me that they will be keeping some of the staff. (I believe they will have to train a lot of them in proper customer service etiquette, front desk, answering phones properly, etc., etc. They are very rough around the edges if you get my drift.)
MORE from our tipster after the jump.
Yesterday morning, attorneys from MFY Legal Services came by the Riverview to create a Tenants Association and inform tenants of their rights in NY state. Basically many tenants came forth and signed up. Further they were told that they were about to be evicted and to know their rights!!
Additionally, we heard that there is some illegal remodeling/construction work going on the 4th and 2nd floors in units next to where some tenants are living. Not only that, our source says the property owes about $3.5 million in back taxes but that isn't confirmed yet. If it's true, maybe the $33 million from Goode/MacPherson will take care of that?