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Opening of new business in La Salle could depend on a judge’s decision

Posted by wlpo on June 7, 2016

A judge’s order could speed up the process of bringing down a crumbling building at a busy La Salle intersection.

La Salle Building Inspector Chris Covert hopes Judge Joe Hettel grants the city an emergency demolition order today to take down an old garage near 3rd and Bucklin Street. The building’s roof has partially collapsed and the walls are failing. The city has unsuccessfully tried getting the owner to take the building down for a few years.

Doug Dellinger of Oglesby wants to open “Doug’s Automotive” in the old BP gas station next to the crumbling garage. The city though has turned off utilities until the neighboring building gets taken care of.

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