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Demolition set for old lumber yard building : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Demolition set for old lumber yard building
Work starts Monday in downtown Oswego

by John Etheredge


Demolition on the old Alexander Lumber yard in downtown Oswego will begin next Monday, Dec. 9, Patty Lariviere, the village's building and zoning manager told the village board Tuesday evening.

Larivere said her office issued the demolition permit Tuesday and fencing was scheduled to go up around the building yesterday (Wednesday).

Referring to the contractors, she added, "They are good to go."

The vacant building sits on the block bounded by Washington (U.S. Route 34), Harrison, Jackson and Adams streets.

The village board passed a resolution in September authorizing the demolition of the building by its owners, Alexander Lumber.

Village Administrator Steve Jones noted at that time the resolution affirmed the village's position that Alexander be allowed to tear down the building but leave the foundation in place, at grade level.

In a memo to the board, Lariviere wrote, "The demolition of the structure removes a potential safety issue for the residents of the village as well as ongoing code enforcement challenges for both parties, not to mention a meddlesome structure in the heart of downtown."

Lariviere also noted the board of directors for Alexander Lumber voted to demolish the building.

The building has been vacant since Alexander shutdown the lumber yard about eight years ago. The property remains for sale.

Jones noted that over the years the deteriorating building has become an eyesore and target for vandals.

FEMA flood damage
relief funds received

In other business Tuesday evening, Jennifer Hughes, the village's public works director, told board members she was happy to report the village has received $85,763 in federal disaster relief funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Hughes said the village will use the funds to help pay for the repair of road shoulders and culverts, tree removal, and the repair of the Adams Street bridge in the wake of the extensive flooding that occurred in the village April 17 and 18.

A portion of the funds will also be used to pay for an additional garbage pick-up the village offered to residents in the wake of the flooding, according to Hughes.

Hughes said she expects FEMA will be sending a second flood relief assistance check to the village. She said the check should be for approximately $67,000.

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