Lockport plans to bring life to fire-damaged sites

Jan 20, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: 301 Moved Permanently

The city is negotiating with the owners of two downtown properties after fires struck those buildings in recent years.

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Xquuzme

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You Owe Me wrote:
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Can you name the most famous event that happened at this historic landmark?
I've only lived here a few months......what famous event happened here??
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Alpha wrote:
The city gave them until Jan 31 to get windows in that eyesore - still not done. Dreams put everything on hold because the city wouldn't give them $$- it was a waiting game played by the owners. The city should site "safety" reasons and issue an order for demolition. What Lockport does not need is another bar with apartments above it. And don't give me the "historical" BS about the building, if it was so historical a bar & a SRO wouldn't have been in it. Put up a plaque as a marker - get rid of that eyesore. A parking lot would be better.
Finally someone who gets it!

I could not agree with you more. The most historic thing about that building was a drunken former mayor getting run over by a car after leaving it. Other than that it is ancient history that nobody cares about because if they did it would not be sitting as a burnt out shell for the last three years.

The current owners have demonstrated that they are quite content to sit around and do nothing while the city does the same. Three years later what other conclusion are we to draw? There are laws and codes about maintaining a safe property. If any one of our homes was half burned down I wonder if the city would allow us to leave that way indefinitely? Time to initiate the proceedings to have it condemned and torn down. Case closed.
Been THERE done THAT

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SO,

WTF happened to all these big "PLANS"!?!?!?
Super 77

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Alderman Turner and the Majority have been very busy for the last 1.5 years in the Downtown.

Did't you read in the Legend how they spent all of that time deciding on which way the park benches should face?

Thanks heavens they are on the ball.
Dick and Mike D

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Lockport Taxpayer wrote:
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I watch council meetings on cable. I remember a few months back that the owners of Dreams laid out what they wanted from the City. I recall that the council REJECTED the financial requests demanded by the owners of Dreams. This is of course AFTER the owners of Dreams REJECTED the help offered by the City.
I certainly would have liked things to have moved much quicker than they have. However, the City is obligated to follow the law. The City just can't take over the building and tear it down. This isn't Judge Judy justice. Every "i" must be dotted and every "t" crossed before the City does anything.
Do you really want the City of Lockport to become owners of that property? That means you and I would have to pay for rennovation via our taxes. I'd much rather keep the rennovation cost in the hands of the current owners.
make it a place to park your car and spend money shopping
Dick and Mike D

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Hardliner wrote:
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Finally someone who gets it!
I could not agree with you more. The most historic thing about that building was a drunken former mayor getting run over by a car after leaving it. Other than that it is ancient history that nobody cares about because if they did it would not be sitting as a burnt out shell for the last three years.
The current owners have demonstrated that they are quite content to sit around and do nothing while the city does the same. Three years later what other conclusion are we to draw? There are laws and codes about maintaining a safe property. If any one of our homes was half burned down I wonder if the city would allow us to leave that way indefinitely? Time to initiate the proceedings to have it condemned and torn down. Case closed.
he was nailing your wife there too :)
What now

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Rumor has it that the owners of the dreams building took the insurance money and relocated in another town. If that is true, what has the city been doing about this building? It's been like, what, six years now??
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What now wrote:
Rumor has it that the owners of the dreams building took the insurance money and relocated in another town. If that is true, what has the city been doing about this building? It's been like, what, six years now??
Is this true? How/where can we find out what is going on with that building now? Is it for sale?
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I think it was for sale before, but doesn't appear to be anymore.

I heard the owner repaired it to the absolute minimum per code so he couldn't be fined. It's not usable, but he can't be fined.

He has no desire to reopen there, just sell it if it ever has any value.
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Rumors wrote:
I think it was for sale before, but doesn't appear to be anymore.
I heard the owner repaired it to the absolute minimum per code so he couldn't be fined. It's not usable, but he can't be fined.
He has no desire to reopen there, just sell it if it ever has any value.
The sad part is that the building has been sitting in it's dilapidated state for so long now that I no longer consider it or the vacant lot north of it to be anything unusual anymore. The inept leaders and isolationists of this town have won, I no longer care what they do or don't do with that strip of wasted real estate and I don't think anybody else does either.

Today I will go grocery shopping at the new Mariano's store in Frankfort and then later I will be meeting up with family for dinner in the western suburbs. I will probably buy a newspaper here in Lockport though so the city will get a dollar of my discretionary income the rest will go elsewhere as usual. It is very liberating not to care anymore.

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