Back in August, Raleigh Gawker noted the the $1.65 million transfer of the Wilmont from David House to Wilmont Apartments LLC with an additional $550,000 pumped into the LLC via a deed of trust. RG went on to suggest that:
Wilmont LLC is going to need one hell of an ad campaign to get back that $2+ million investment. Might I suggest pointing out the “charm” of the abandoned buildings nearby to augment the building’s historic status?
Unfortunately, it seems that the sarcasm of the remark fell on deaf ears.
A new article notes that the new property management is actually lifting quotes from former residents that led the Save the Wilmont campaign in the face of eviction. Live Oak Rentals, LLC distorted comments from both Goodnight, Raleigh! and SaveWilmont.com to prove how “The allure of this beloved building is known to many of Raleigh’s residents.”
Miles Holst had the following quote from Goodnight, Raleigh! lifted by Live Oak Rentals, LLC: “It is truly a fascinating place and the communal vibe is something you rarely see with other apartments.”
New Raleigh caught up with Holst, who offered the following comment on the situation:
The Wilmont is a stellar building, but it was so much more than just that… It was home to generations of artists, students, musicians, designers, writers, and a never ending cast of colorful characters. It had a communal vibe because that’s how we all survived/thrived. Collaborating on projects, throwing pot-lucks, house shows, dance parties, movie nights and parking lot events. Sharing dumpstered food, borrowing space heaters, art supplies and audio cables was an everyday occurrence. Living there was hands-down three of the best years of my life.
Although Live Oak Rentals, LLC noted the copyright, they also proceeded to use Luke Miller Buchanan’s artwork, shown above, without permission. Buchanan, Holst, and Goodnight, Raleigh! have all contacted Live Oak Rentals and requested their content be removed.
Now the question remains, will the new Wilmont fly? Renovations and a huge rent hike do not change the fact that the Wilmont is flanked by underdeveloped and industrial properties. Romanticize the past all you want, but will potential new tenants see the charm?
Update: Live Oak Rentals, LLC has now taken down all of the disputed quotes and images.