URGENT – DuPage Theatre to Face Demolition Vote

posted by DuPageFriends on May 30, 2005 at 4:43 am

LOMBARD, IL — The following was sent in by the “DuPage Friends”:

“Lombard Trustee Proposes Resolution to Demolish Historic DuPage Theatre and Shops

While the Village of Lombard is busy reviewing a proposal to restore the historic DuPage Theatre and Shops in its downtown, District 4 Trustee Steven Sebby has requested that
Village Manager Bill Lichter place on the June 2, 2005 Village Board Agenda a resolution to demolish the theater and existing buildings.

The revitalization plan now under review by the village includes the complete restoration of the DuPage Theatre as an arts and cultural center, as well as the development of upscale condominiums, restaurant and retail space and parking.

The plan, proposed by architectural firm Daniel P. Coffey & Associates, a nationally renowned architectural firm specializing in theater restoration, and RSC & Associates, highly credentialed condominium and commercial developers, compelled the Village Board at a special meeting on April 27, 2005 to refer the plan to Village Staff.

After thoroughly reviewing the plan, Village Staff returned a recommendation that the Board vote to extend the TIF district on the DuPage Theatre properties a necessary procurement for the project’s success. The Board voted 5-1 to proceed and hired a state lobbyist for $15,000 to secure the TIF.

Built in 1928 by R.G. Wolff of Rapp and Rapp, the DuPage Theatre and Shops was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987, and is the only theater in DuPage County with the designation.

The next meeting of the Village Board is slated for Thursday, June 2, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lombard Village Hall, 255 E. Wilson Avenue, Lombard, Illinois, 60148.

Contact: Deborah Dynako
Communications Director
Friends of the DuPage Theatre
125 S. Craig Place
Lombard, Illinois 60148
Phone: 312.286.4170

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