What better than a Chateau Sheree update to celebrate April Fools Day! This is an actual real update that I just saved for today since today has the whole fool theme. Before we talk about current “progress” on the perpetually incomplete structure, let’s see how far it’s come over the years.
The story begins on December 30, 2010 when the property is purchased by Sheree’s mama, Thelma for $319,000. At this point there was a two story fixer upper already on the property. Eventually, there would be a partial demolition on the property. Why a partial? Who knows, but it certainly set the glacial pace of things to follow. The good news for the people who wait at the bus stop right there on the corner is that part of what was demolished was a bathroom wall leaving a toilet exposed to the street. So if they just had to go, during this time all they had to do was walk right up to that toilet! It was a service to the neighborhood really.
Eventually, the entire house was removed and empty lot Sheree was born. It wasn’t until the summer of 2012 that there was a wooden structure that resembled a house. That summer I thought maybe if the construction speed really got going, the place could be ready for Christmas of 2012. But alas, that was not the case. The good news in 2012 was the Tyvek wrapping went up! Now all we need is the façade!
Toward the end of 2012, things starting going terribly awry. Sheree was taken to court by her ex=husband, Bob as well as her divorce attorneys. Bob’s child support was cut significantly and the divorce attorneys won a judgment for her to pay her bills. Around this time, some insulation was dropped off but it appeared construction had stopped entirely.
By February of 2013, Sheree was feeling some kinda way. If I had to guess I’d say it was something akin to embarrassment. Suddenly she began dragging all the Atlanta bloggers into court saying we were stalking her. At that same time a construction company dragged her into court (I assume for non-payment). This may explain why Sheree started referring to herself as “a builder” in court. As Sheree spent tons of money on attorneys in four different cases, the poor façade-less Chateau Sheree shivered. The cold Atlanta winter, and soon spring rains continued to take its toll on the Tyvek.
And so it remains today, since the summer of 2012, there were minor fits and starts of construction mixed with long periods of what appears to have been no forward movement. The title of the property has shifted many times. Sheree’s Mama sold it to her for a dollar, then Sheree sold it to her daughter for a dollar (The daughter actually owned the property when Sheree took me to court for trespassing on “her property”) Then the daughter sold it to a shell LLC. Things that make you go hmmmm.
So imagine my excitement to finally hear from someone in the neighborhood this weekend that last Friday, some scaffolding was put up! Could it be? Is it possible that 2014 will be the year the house gets a façade? Will 2014 be the year the kids all have a Christmas party in their skatin’ rink next to the lieberry? Miracles do happen!