Monday, April 21, 2014

Dumpsters Denote Demo?

An alert reader noticed that it appears demo work has begun on the long-empty Piser Weinstein Funeral Home site, just a bit north of the intersection of Broadway and Foster.  Large dumpsters are now stationed in the parking lot.

Readers may recall that it was bought last August for the purpose of turning it into a "20,000-square-foot multi-tenant retail complex," most probably a strip mall with parking in the front.

There are several strip malls already on that section of Broadway, and whether or not that's the highest and best use of this property is a hotly debated topic.  The funeral home has been closed for at least a decade and has sat empty and abandoned.  Now it has the added indignity of sporting red X's, denoting an empty building that could pose a danger to first responders.  The X's tell them not to enter if a fire should break out.  It's hardly a good look for an intersection that should be a lively retail destination.

Ald. Osterman went a-courting Trader Joe's when the property was bought, but TJ's ultimately decided it had no interest in entering the Uptown/Edgewater market.  Edgeville Buzz has a recent story about the lot and mentions rumors that Chipotle may be a possible tenant.

Stay tuned for further developments.

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