Plainfield OKs more repairs for former Baci Restaurant
By Madhu Mayer For The Herald-News July 3, 2012 8:44AM
Updated: August 6, 2012 11:41AM
PLAINFIELD — For the second time in less than a month, the village of Plainfield aggressively is making improvements to its newly acquired property in downtown.
The Plainfield Village Board on Monday awarded a contract to the lowest of three bidders to re-roof the former Baci Restaurant, 24018 W. Lockport St. The contract was awarded to Mueller Roofing in Joliet, which submitted the lowest bid at $41,250.
“The prices include tearing off the existing two layers of singles, one layer of cedar shakes and installing lifestyle architectural shingles,” said Dean Marquez, building official for the village.
The village board on June 18 authorized Midwest Aerobiology to remove and treat mold in the former downtown Italian restaurant at a cost of $26,240.
The village recently bought the foreclosed property, which had been closed since 2010. Village Administrator Brian Murphy said the village negotiated the purchase price down to $125,000, which basically represents the land value.
Originally, the nearly 6,000-square-foot building was listed for more than $800,000. An Internet listing for the building asked for a purchase price around $320,000.
Murphy said general funds were not used to buy the property or fix it. Instead, it plans to use money from the downtown tax increment financing (TIF) fund, which is a public financing method that is used for subsidizing redevelopment, infrastructure and other projects.
Once the mold is removed and roof repairs are completed, the village plans to put the property on the market.