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Edgewater Hospital Demolition Begins


Photo: Todd Mack

The first phase of the old Edgewater Hospital demolition is underway on the site’s parking garage. Located at 5700 N. Ashland Ave., the hospital has set vacant for a number of years and there has been concern about public safety.

Back in October, 2014 the property found a successful bidder, Sedgewick Acquisitions LLC.  They are currently under contract with Chicago based residential developer, CA Development, Inc. to purchase and build single family homes on the site of the parking garage. Recently they have been pumping out ground water from the site so they can begin the demolition process.

The tear down was contracted to Impactor, P and P, Inc. and is expected to take three to five weeks. Once that is completed they will begin to build 15 single-family homes with 4-6 bedrooms on 30 foot wide lots. These properties will each include a three-car garage.

Ald. Pat O’Connor’s (40th) office released a statement today saying, “The single family home developer, CA Development, is planning to have its demolition contractor mobilize on the site today, January 14th. They have set up all of the fencing and screening in preparation for the beginning of demolition. They anticipate that their demolition contractor will set up the equipment at the west end of the garage where the loading dock was located.  The contractor will likely perform only some minor demolition in that area to test equipment suitability and reach from that position. The major demolition will not commence until the pumping has been completed, which should occur by the end of this week (note that this has been delayed from previous timelines due to weather conditions).”

The demolition was purposely timed during the winter months to minimize impact on residents and local businesses. Because windows are typically closed due to cold, dust and noise will have less of an impact. As the demolition progresses from west to east, 40 foot sections of the sidewalk will be shut down for obvious safety reasons.

Neighborhood resident Todd Mack lives right near the demolition. He enjoys his typically peaceful street, but things have changed quite a bit. He said,”The last month or so has shown significant changes in activity. It started with a water treatment van pulling up early everyday and running pumps to empty the water that has allegedly gathered in the properties basement for over a decade. Then, approximately one week ago men started showing up and erecting a barrier fence around the entire structure. January 14th, our house started vibrating and rumbling due to heavy machinery starting the process of tear down.”

However, Todd (like many residents in the area) is still very anxious to see all the progress. He added, “As a close pair of residents, we support the tearing down of the hospital itself. We look forward to getting the ball of life interruption and property improvement rolling. It’s gonna take a while.”

 There has been no word about when the next phases of demolition will commence.

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