When Retail Becomes (Secretly) Residential

Okay, this doesn’t exactly qualify as news, as it’s a six-year old story.  But I submit it nonetheless to retail property managers experiencing unusual and unexplained traffic and power consumption patterns.  The advice?  Check the entire floor for hidden apartments.

Man Builds Secret Apartment At Mall, Gets Away With It For Four Years

An artist in Providence, Rhode Island was apprehended the other day by mall security as he left the secret apartment he’d built almost four years ago, in an unused utility space in the mall’s parking garage. The apartment had no running water (they used mall bathrooms), but it did include “a sectional sofa and love seat, coffee and breakfast tables, chairs, lamps, rugs, paintings, a hutch filled with china, a waffle iron, TV and Sony Playstation 2,” according to the Boston Globe.

The man built the apartment with the help of seven other artists, and various people have lived in it over the past few years for up to three weeks at a time. The artist’s website about the project offers both an explanation of the “installation,” and a couple of long-winded apologies that sound suspiciously court-ordered—or to help him avoid [problems with the police] the next time he’s pulled over for speeding.


Link to story at The Consumerist

I know what you’re thinking, and I am too: that’s a lot more space than some sublets in Brooklyn.

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