The Chicago Bears took one other step towards a stadium on the Arlington International Racecourse website when the village of Arlington Heights on Friday issued a allow for inside demolition of the grandstand, workplace and jockey constructing on the racetrack.
Arlington Heights spokesperson Avis Meade confirmed that the village had authorised plans for the primary part of demolition on the racetrack, marking one other transfer towards a $5 billion NFL stadium and accompanying mixed-use residential, industrial and leisure district the workforce has proposed to construct on the 326-acre racetrack.
“Increased truck traffic due to the interior demolition is possible in the area and the property will continue to be monitored by security 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” Meade wrote in an e mail to Pioneer Press.
A Bears consultant confirmed the workforce had been permitted to start work and mentioned they anticipated to begin the method Tuesday. The workforce is not going to use explosives or implosion to execute the job, they mentioned.
Meade mentioned the village and Cook County would evaluation and approve functions for demolition of the outside buildings on the location. Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes mentioned earlier this month that the village had fielded numerous questions and feedback from residents in regards to the workforce’s request to do demolition work. He mentioned the Village Board didn’t have the authority to approve or deny the workforce’s request.
The Arlington Heights Building and Life Safety Department additionally acquired a second software for demolition of the construction itself. All advised, the workforce expects the wrecking work to value about $3.8 million, their functions present.
This allow issued Friday covers the inside demolition of the grandstand, two-story workplace and jockey constructing at Arlington Park. The village has revealed a site visitors plan for eradicating particles on its web site.
The workforce’s software for inside demolition estimates that the price of the work is about $1.48 million.
A abstract of the challenge obtained in a Freedom of Information request states that the workforce will intestine the within of the buildings and “cut and cap” utilities equivalent to water, electrical and gasoline.
Work to demolish the grandstand, west entrance, jockey constructing, paddock, workplace, east entrance, concession stand, fundamental shed, scoreboard and guard home is ready to value about $2.34 million, in line with paperwork the membership submitted to the village.
The Bears will use a St.-Charles based mostly contractor, Alpine Demolition Services, in line with software supplies.
The Bears first utilized to start demolition work the day after Crain’s Chicago Business reported that Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi had raised the worth of the property to about $197 million.
The land sale formally closed in February 2023, greater than a 12 months after the workforce agreed to buy it from former proprietor and operator Churchill Downs, Inc.
The workforce is presently preventing a wide-ranging property tax battle with three college districts whose funds may take a success from property tax breaks meant to assist the workforce develop the location.
A listening to on the Cook County Board of Review on the latest property tax evaluation is ready for June 2. Though Churchill Downs might be on the hook for that fee, the analysis up for argument on the listening to may even decide the subsequent two years’ value of property tax payments the workforce pays to Cook County. The Bears may nonetheless enchantment the property tax analysis for subsequent 12 months or the 12 months after, which may convey down their property tax invoice sooner or later.
Meanwhile, the college districts and the workforce have been locked in a standoff concerning how a lot the workforce ought to pay in property taxes. The college districts have advised the workforce decide on a land worth of $95 million, which workforce President Kevin Warren known as a “nonstarter.”
In Springfield, lawmakers’ ideas have moved on from a quartet of proposals geared towards offering the workforce with financial help to maneuver from Chicago’s Soldier Field to Arlington Heights. The most up-to-date measure, an modification to an earlier proposal filed by Rep. Marty Moylan, a Des Plaines Democrat, has native help from former village trustee and freshman Rep. Mary Beth Canty, an Arlington Heights Democrat.