The former bank building at 175th and Halsted streets in Homewood will be coming down this week to make way for a restaurant development, and village officials helped get the process started on Monday with a ceremony to mark the occasion. Instead of cutting a ribbon, they picked up a sledge hammer and got to work.
The former bank building at 175th and Halsted streets in Homewood will be coming down this week to make way for a restaurant development, and village officials helped get the process started on Monday.
Panera Bread Company and Chick-fil-A will construct restaurants at the site, but first the former Charter One Bank building at 17450 Halsted St. has to go.
Village and project officials started the demolition by taking a few chunks out of the walkway wall on the south side of the building. It was less of a ground breaking ceremony — typical for marking new developments — and more of a building breaking ceremony.
Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld took the first few swings, then turned the sledge hammer over to Homewood Economic Development Director Angela Mesaros, Finance Director Dennis Bubenik, Public Works Director John Schaefer, Marketing Director Jennifer Quirke, Events Manager Allisa Opyd and two police officers, Dave Lux and Paul Neitzel, each of which gave the wall a few good hits.
Jeff Wise, senior project manager for Capitol Construction Solutions, said the ceremony for a demolition was a first for him.
He and Dustin Winquist, project superintendent, also took turns with the hammer, as did Andrew Goodman, a partner in GMX Real Estate Group Acquisitions LLC, the firm that acquired the land and is developing the project.
Hofeld said the idea was to do something different to mark a new business addition at a key location in the village.
“The building has to come down,” he said. “We might as well get it going.”
Wise said after the utility work was completed, the real demolition work would begin by Wednesday.
The Panera building will be constructed first, he said. It will be located furthest west on the site. He said the goal is to finish it before the end of the year.
- Land off Halsted in Homewood sold to developers, parcel donated to IDOT (Sept. 17, 2017)
- Chick-fil-A, Panera coming to Halsted location in Homewood (Feb. 19, 2018)