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Gerber/Hart readying for move
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2012-04-16

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Gerber/Hart Library and archives appears to be readying for its move to Rogers Park, just two weeks before it is set to leave its Edgewater home.

The LGBT library held a weeklong book sale in anticipation of the move, and its future home now displays a sign noting that library is moving there.

Signs of progress come after weeks of speculation over the readiness of the library's new space, located at 6500 N. Clark, for occupancy.

The library has been subject to Windy City Times investigation since January, when the paper discovered that its current Edgewater home is for rent amid questions around its observance of its bylaws and Illinois non-profit guidelines.

Gerber/Hart's future home continues to appear empty and not under construction. Old building permits remain at the site, and the City of Chicago website does not indicate permits issued since 2006.

The library does have a provision in its lease that will allow it to store materials in the new building in the event that the space is not built out in time, according to Michele Kurlander, the real estate attorney who handled the library's property search. Kurlander has said that the library will occupy a portion of the second floor of the building.

Little apparent progress at the new location made some wonder if Gerber/Hart was in fact moving to the building at 6500 N. Clark. Dispelling rumors to the contrary, however, is a new banner that reads "Future Home of the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives" on the front door.

Windy City Times will continue to follow and update this story as it unfolds.


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