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Peru buying former King’s Inn with intentions of having it demolished

Posted by wlpo on December 12, 2012

When you arrive in Peru off of Interstate 80 there’s a good chance you’ll see the ruins of old hotels.  One of them is the King’s Inn.  After more than 10 years of letters and litigation, the city is buying it to knock it down.

The city’s attorney Doug Schweickert explained the city’s long history with the property Wednesday night before the city council agreed to buy it.  He showed a letter written to a former owner that was dated October 3, 2001.  In it the city’s former Building and Zoner Officer Wayne Kasza complained about various building violations.

The building would eventually go through a couple of more owners but none Schweickert considered to be “responsible parties.”

Alderman Dave Potthoff was among the city council members who voted to buy the building, saying that the city needs to take control of the property to further development.

Mayor Scott Harl calls it the doorstep of the community.

The city is paying the tax scavenger SiteSale $27,717.89 for its tax certificate and paying the La Salle County Clerk nearly $9,730.85 for the 2011 real estate taxes.

Chamlin and Associates has been asked to draw up plans for demolition.  How much that will cost is unknown.  Luckily for the city, most of the asbestos have been removed.

Harl says they’ll be paying for the building and demolition using hotel-motel tax money.

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