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La Salle officials send letters asking for action with the former Kaskaskia Hotel

Posted by wlpo on November 20, 2014

Plywood covers many of the windows of the former Kaskaskia Hotel. The building in downtown La Salle hasn’t been used in a decade and the attached apartments have been vacant almost as long. City officials are ready for the owner to take care of the properties.

Letters detailing alleged building code violations were sent by certified mail Tuesday to Blouke Carus. In the letters, La Salle Building Inspector Chris Covert says the old hotel shows signs of extensive water and mildew damage making it unsafe and dangerous. Covert calls the adjacent apartments unsafe because the roof is collapsing.

Covert notes that both buildings lack running water and electricity.

City officials have been waiting nearly 10 years to see the restoration and reopening that had been promised by Carus. Mayor Jeff Grove says they’ve been understanding but now they believe action needs to be taken.

Grove says a turning point came after a group that rehabs old buildings visited and thought the buildings were too far gone.

Carus was given 10 days to register the buildings with the city and schedule inspections and 15 days to make the repairs or begin demolition.  Grove says they will take legal action

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