LOGAN SQUARE — Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa has a new 35th Ward office.
The alderman packed up the old office at 2842 N. Milwaukee Ave. and moved into the new office at 2934 N. Milwaukee Ave., Unit C over Labor Day weekend.
The new office is now open with regular business hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Residents can either stop in or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ramirez-Rosa’s chief of staff, Jessica Vasquez, said the old office was “very small and did not adhere to Americans with Disabilities Act standards.”
“It was challenging to host meetings with community members and stakeholders in such a small space,” Vasquez said.
The new office meets ADA standards and offers more meeting space, she said.
“We hope to use some of our meeting space at our new location to host larger community events in the future,” Vasquez said.
Ramirez-Rosa said he had been eyeing this office since he was elected in 2015. The rent was too high back then, the alderman said, but the property owner was able to work with him this time around.
“Not only is it beautiful inside with exposed brick and lots of sunlight, but it also provides a lot of space for community meetings,” he said.
This will be Ramirez-Rosa’s third office in a little more than a year.
In early 2019, the alderman was forced to leave his office at 2708-2710 N. Sawyer Ave. after a dispute with controversial landlord Mark Fishman.
Ramirez-Rosa told Block Club Fishman kicked him out in an effort to “bully and buy him.” The two are long-standing foes.
But Fishman alleged that Ramirez-Rosa owed more than $42,000 in back rent. He said Ramirez-Rosa “dined and ditched.”
Fishman ended up suing Ramirez-Rosa. The lawsuit is still pending, the alderman said.
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