Streator receives $42,000 to demolish 7 abandoned properties

Demolition at 316 S. Vermillion St. already occurred

The Streator City Council has its sights set on demolishing seven more abandoned properties, after receiving a $42,000 grant from the Illinois Housing Development Authority.

This grant will reimburse the city for a portion of the costs to demolish abandoned houses at 309 N. Vermillion St., 704 Harrison St., 209 S. Sterling St., 305 S. Illinois St., 8 Genseke Court, 207 Grove St. and 4 Saratoga Lane.

The grant also will reimburse the city for 316 S. Vermillion St., which has already been torn down.

Additionally, the Streator City Council accepted a bid Wednesday to begin the installation of storm sewer along Rogers, Cable and Sansom streets to separate sewers in the area. The city accepted a $555,541 from Tobey’s Construction & Cartage of Herscher. The work was estimated to cost $586,424.

The City Council also agreed with its Plan Commission in rejecting a special use permit for 1614 N. Bloomington St. to operate as a contractor facility and to park or store heavy equipment and trailers. On June 8, the Plan Commission recommended against accepting this special use permit, because members said no real plan was put into place, the petitioner was late to the meeting and didn’t put his plans on record, and the city had received letters from neighbors opposing the proposal.

Derek Barichello

Derek is a Streator High and University of Illinois graduate. He worked at the Albany-Herald in Albany, Ga., and for Sauk Valley Media in Sterling, before returning to his hometown paper. He's now news editor for both the NewsTribune and The Times.