Chicago Heights gets county grant to demolish blighted buildings

2013-04-19T12:30:00Z 2013-04-19T23:57:05Z Chicago Heights gets county grant to demolish blighted buildingsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
April 19, 2013 12:30 pm  • 

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | City officials have approved the demolition of four blighted buildings in the next three months with the help of $300,000 from Cook County, according to a news release.

The $300,000 is part of the county's Community Development Block Grant program.

The Chicago Heights City Council approved the demolitions April 15 by a 6-0 vote. First Ward Alderman Walter Mosby was absent.

"Getting such a large grant to tear down these blighted buildings brings to light the wonderful relationship that has developed between the city of Chicago Heights and Cook County," Mayor David Gonzalez said in a prepared statement. "I hope to see many more projects accomplished through our partnership with them."

The city has already begun demolition of a fire-damaged structure at 1650 Union St., with expected completion date of June 1. Two other blighted, abandoned buildings to be demolished are at 620 S. Halsted St. and 601 S. Halsted St.

The building at 620 S. Halsted St. is an approximately 80,000-square-foot abandoned brick commercial building formerly known as the Tropicana Banquet Hall. Demolition is to begin May 15 with a projected completion date of July 1.

The building at 601 S. Halsted St. is an approximately 10,000-square-foot abandoned building. Its demolition is to begin May 15 with a projected July 1 completion date.

Depending on fund availability, the city has also approved demolition of an abandoned single-family home at 146 E. 16th St.

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