More than 100 people have now moved back to 475 Kent Avenue, the building that was cleared on a frigid night in January after the discovery of a basement matzo factory and a ton of fire code violations. It's unclear how many residents are coming back, but the number so far would be about half that would be tossed out. In terms of outstanding problems, the building doesn't have a certificate of occupancy and, now, everyone's worried that the landlord is going to raise the rent or sell. One artist said he moved ten times, including staying with his (noooo) cleaning woman in Bushwick. No word on whether belongings claimed by the Great Wallabout Storage Chopstick Collapse have been retrieved.
· After Repairs to Building, Artists Return to Their Lofts [NYT]
· End of Matzogate: 475 Kent Residents Can Return [Curbed]
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