Plainfield OKs contract for work on former Baci building
By Madhu Mayer For The Herald-News June 19, 2012 5:28PM
Updated: July 21, 2012 6:16AM
PLAINFIELD — The village of Plainfield has started the process of making improvements to its newly acquired property.
The Plainfield Village Board on Monday authorized Midwest Aerobiology to remove and treat mold at the former Baci Restaurant, 24018 W. Lockport St.
Building official Dean Marquez said the Crest Hill-based company was the lowest bidder at $26,240. Five companies, including Midwest Aerobiology, submitted bids, but one company’s price only covered mold treatment, not removal.
Work to be done at Baci, which was once a church, includes removing all carpeting, drywall/paneling and heating, ventilation and air conditioning duct work.
The village 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.
The village plans to remove mold in the downtown commercial building and do roof repairs before putting the property on the market.