Barn faces demolition
By Madhu Mayer Correspondent October 7, 2013 10:38PM
Updated: November 10, 2013 6:17AM
Demolitions are typically a hot-button issue in Plainfield, but there appears to be agreement among village officials that a barn should be razed on a farmstead at 12002 W. Essington Road.
Village planner Michael Garrigan told village trustees Monday night that the village’s historic preservation commission, an advisory group, has recommended that the barn be torn down.
“The (owner, Mary Kelly) has outlined her case that the barn is structurally unsound and that she has no practical use for (it),” Garrigan said.
He said a visit to the structure by several members of the commission resulted in general agreement that the barn had deteriorated to the point where “it would take a tremendous investment to restore the barn back to its original condition.”
The barn was built by David Dague, who owned the farm from the 1850s to 1880s, and is identified as a potential local landmark in Plainfield’s rural survey.
“Sadly, the barn’s current condition does not provide a very good opportunity for restoration. Staff does not believe that a community impact study is warranted in this case based on ... the current condition of this barn and the practical challenges finding a new use for the barn,” Garrigan told trustees.
He said Kelly has made it clear that she has no intent of rehabilitating the barn, which stands at the rear of the farmstead.
In a letter to the board, Bruce P. Miller, a civil/structural engineer, said the barn will become a safety hazard if allowed to deteriorate.
On another issue Monday night, trustees agreed to waive the bidding process and hire the Suburban Tree Consortium to buy and install up to 290 parkway trees for a cost not to exceed $80,000. The consortium has 37 member towns and has contracts with several municipalities in Northern Illinois to provide parkway trees at low cost, officials said.
The trees will be planted in mid-November to replace ash trees killed by the emerald ash borer. Public works director Allen Persons said Plainfield has removed about 1,000 ash trees since 2011.
Street Supt. Patrick Miller told the board that his staff has contacted residents about the tree replacement program.