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After years of neglect, Norman house demolished to make way for development

The former Ken Norman house on Kedzie Avenue across from Homewood-Flossmoor High School is about half demolished. It took workers less than two hours to bring down the walls. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
A dilapidated and vandalized mansion on the edge of Flossmoor was finally be demolished on Wednesday, Jan. 12, making way for a planned multi-family living development and a unique opportunity for local residents to invest in the property’s future.

Once owned by professional basketball player Ken Norman, the abandoned homesite at 19020 Kedzie Ave. was purchased in 2018 by a real estate investment group. That group’s representative, Randy Pertler, said the house will be razed to make way for new construction.

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