Kendall County officials intend to demolish a former funeral home on Madison Street in downtown Yorkville due to the building’s decay.
County Board Member Brian DeBolt announced Thursday, June 10 that a facilities committee voted to take down the building to make way for future expansion of the county’s campus downtown.
“That property is in really rough shape and it’s not conducive to any public service use at all,” DeBolt said during a meeting. “As a matter of fact it’s a liability while it sits there.”
It will cost $23,550 to have the building destroyed and covered with grass. The contract is set to be awarded to Lite Construction in Montgomery.
The county acquired the building at 107 W. Madison Street about six years ago and briefly rented the space out to a surveyor, said county facilities manager Jim Smiley.
There is currently no timeline for taking the building down. The County Board has yet to vote on the item and Smiley said he still needs to speak with Yorkville officials about demolition requirements.
Lucas Robinson covers politics, courts, schools and the pandemic in Kendall County and Yorkville for Shaw Media. His work has previously appeared in the Chicago Reader, the Buenos Aires Times, Open Secrets and USAToday. He grew up in Muncie, Indiana.