THREATENED: 90-Day Demolition Delay List

The Demolition Delay Ordinance, adopted by City Council in 2003, establishes a hold of up to 90 days in the issuance of any demolition permit for certain historic buildings in order that the Department of Planning and Development can explore options, as appropriate, to preserve the building, including but not limited to Landmark designation.

The ordinance applies to buildings rated Red and Orange in the Chicago Historic Resources Survey (CHRS), but it should be modified to include all buildings included in the survey. These buildings are designated on the city’s zoning map. The delay period starts at the time the permit application is presented to the department’s Historic Preservation Division offices and can be extended beyond the original 90 days by mutual agreement with the applicant. The purpose of the ordinance is to ensure that no important historic resource can be demolished without consideration as to whether it should and can be preserved.

Additional Reading

City of Chicago Demolition Delay Hold List (2019)

City of Chicago Demolition Delay Hold List (2020)

Jeffrey Theater Building Complex, 7054 S. Jeffery Blvd./1952 E. 71st Street by William P. Doerr in 1923. Photo Credit: Preservation Chicago

Jeffrey Theater Entrance, 7054 S. Jeffery Blvd./1952 E. 71st Street by William P. Doerr in 1923. Photo Credit: Preservation Chicago

Jeffrey Theater Ornament, 7054 S. Jeffery Blvd./1952 E. 71st Street by William P. Doerr in 1923. Photo Credit: Preservation Chicago

Address: Jeffrey Theater, 7054 S. Jeffery Boulevard / 1952 E. 71st / 1950 E. 71st Street, South Shore (a Chicago 7 Most Endangered 2014)
#100850960
Date Received: 02/11/2020
Ward: 5th Ward Alderman Leslie A. Hairston
Applicant: Spirit Wrecking & Excavation, Inc.
Owner: South Shore Commercial Properties, LLC
Permit Description: Demolition of a 3-story masonry commercial building.
Status: Under Review

3246 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue. Photo Credit: Google Maps

Address: 3246 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, North Park
#100863883
Date Received: 03/25/2020
Ward: 39th Ward Alderman Samantha Nugent
Applicant: John Hanna
Owner: 3244-50 Bryn Mawr LLC
Permit Description: Partial demolition of an existing 1-story commercial building; the front façade will remain with a new 4-story addition (with a 6-foot setback from the front façade)
Status: Under Review

11314 S. Michigan Avenue. Demolished February 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps

Address: 11314 S. Michigan Avenue (Roseland’s South Michigan Avenue District, a Chicago Most Endangered 7 2020)
#100863125
Date Received: 02/18/2020
Ward: 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale
Applicant: Alliance Demolition and Excavation Services, Inc.
Owner: City of Chicago
Permit Description: Demolition and removal of a 2-story brick building.
Status: Released 02/19/2020 [Per Administrative Order issued by the Department of Buildings to address dangerous and hazardous conditions.]

1733 N. Mohawk Street. Photo Credit: Google Maps

Address: 1733 N. Mohawk Street, Old Town
#100863643
Date Received: 02/20/2020
Ward: 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith
Applicant: Platinum Homes Development
Owner: Gisela E. Heinecken
Permit Description: Demolition and removal of a 2.5-story brick, multi-family building.
Status: Under Review

600 N. Pine Avenue, photo from 2015. Demolished February 2020. Photo Credit: Google Maps

Address: 600 N. Pine Avenue, Austin
#100863125
Date Received: 02/20/2020
Ward: 37th Ward Alderman Emma Mitts
Applicant: Sciortino Group, Inc.
Owner: City of Chicago
Permit Description: Demolition of a 2-story residential frame building.
Status: Released 02/21/2020 [Per Circuit Court of Cook County Order and an Administrative Order issued by the Department of Buildings to address dangerous and hazardous conditions.]

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