Lyons targets houses

Lyons targets houses

State money to fund demolition of three

By Steve Metsch

Three vacant houses in Lyons soon have dates with the wrecking ball.

The village board, at its June 5 meeting, unanimously approved a resolution that will pay Bechstein Construction Corp., of Tinley Park, an amount to not exceed $43,984 to demolish the three houses.

Bechstein crews will tear down two houses at 8440 and 8442 West 45thStreet, and another house at 8603 West 45thStreet.

The first two houses are on a block that shares space with light industry and those two lots could one day be used for a future business, Mayor Christopher Getty said.



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The third house, in the 8600 block, sits beside property already owned by the village.

These two vacant houses in the 8400 block of 45th Street will soon be demolished. Photo by Steve Metsch.


The village owns the vacant lot west of that house and a vacant lot to the south, stretching down to 45thPlace. The demolition will create a vacant L-shaped property once the demolition is completed, its future use to be determined.

Best of all, as Getty noted after the board meeting, the demolitions are not costing Lyons a penny. The village board, at its May 15 meeting, unanimously approved a $180,000 grant from the Illinois Housing Development Authority to pay for demolitions of such properties.

A man living next door to the house in the 8600 block of 45thstreet said he was happy the vacant house would be demolished.

“We’ve been hearing about that for a year,” he said.

Now, with funding in place and a contract approved, the next thing he’ll hear will be the house tumbling down

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Steve Metsch is an award winning veteran reporter who previously worked for the Daily Southtown Newspapers, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. Metsch is a writer and editor at the Southwest News Newspaper group based in suburban Chicago, and a freelance writer for a financial newsletter, a health magazine and the Naperville Sun.
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