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Tornado damaged homes being torn down and rebuilt

Posted by wlpo on July 12, 2010

If there’s anything positive to be made out of the tornado that hit Streator, it’s that it’s providing work to some area contractors.

Jeremy Palm is Streator’s city engineer and director of community development.  He says they’ve been issuing permits for demolition and reconstruction following the June 5 tornado that hit a south side neighborhood hard.

He says there is a lot of demolition work going on now.  In all 20 homes are being torn down and replaced.  The city’s set back requirements have changed since many of the homes were built.  He says fortunately all of the lots are large enough for rebuilding, but the old front yard set backs on Hall Street don’t meet today’s standards.  Rather than make homeowners pour new foundations, the city is allowing them to use the old established set back.

Palm says the work is being done by a lot of area contractors.  He believes if homeowners work with their insurance companies, they should be far enough in the rebuilding project, to have their new homes enclosed before bad weather comes.

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