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Village OKs Roof Repairs for Former Baci Site

Plainfield purchased the former restaurant in May with the goal of putting the foreclosed property back on the market.

Two months after paying $125,000 to purchase the building that housed Baci Ristorante at 24018 W. Lockport St., the will spend another $41,250 on roof repairs for the aging church-turned-restaurant.

Mueller Roofing of Joliet was the low bidder on the project, which will be funded with money from a special downtown taxing district.

The building, which once housed St. Mary’s Catholic church, had been in foreclosure for at least a year. Previous owners Frank and John Perri Jr. had attempted to sell the property, but the need for roof repairs and mold removal in the basement had deterred prospective buyers.

The Italian restaurant had operated out of the converted church for 20 years, closing in 2010.

The village purchased the site in May with the intention of using tax increment financing (TIF) district dollars to repair it, making it more attractive to buyers. TIF dollars also funded the building purchase itself.

Village Planner Michael Garrigan said several potential buyers have expressed an interest in the site.

But before it can be purchased, the village will have to put out requests for proposal for the building.

“There will be a formal process,” he said. 

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Jim B July 04, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Seems to me it would better to just tear it down and sell the land. That building is in need of a complete overhaul and to what end? What can it become?
Marty P July 04, 2012 at 02:40 PM
The article states that there are potential buyers so the money might not go to waste. I do have reservations about putting money into it though because of previous articles about how bad it was. Who will be responsible for the rest of the remediation of the building. Will we get the money back out. I'm sure the roof is needed, but I would like to see an agreement to buy before putting more money into it.
Ray July 04, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I wish they would have helped with this money when it was still Baci. I wouldn't have to drive all the way to Q's in Berkley to get a real Italian dinner.
Tim July 04, 2012 at 02:48 PM
This is getting out of control. Plainfield gives $13,025 grant to aid in update of Baci Ristorante August 25, 2009 http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1N1-12AA81383A7D4FF8.html $11K more for Baci facade June 12, 2010 http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1N1-130A703A2BA9EEC8.html 2012 Purchase price - 125K June 19th, 2012 $26,240 for mold http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/news/13282288-418/plainfield-oks-contract-for-work-on-former-baci-building.html Jule 21012 $41,250 on roof repairs In under 3 years, the village has spent $216,615 of taxpayer money on this. The county assessor has given this property a value of 157,500. Also remember, In order to sell the property, there will be a commission paid for the sale between 5-7% of the sale price. In a downtown that has had parking issues for decades, it is baffling why this wasn't simply turned into a nice downtown parking lot/garage.
silentrippy July 04, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Good comments Tim! Lets not forget the Village Board just increased your sales tax and gasoline tax on July 1st. These tax increases have the "sunset provision" which means they will be voted on again in 3 years. Why three years? It should have been just before the reelection of Dan Rippy but it was conveniently done so it will occur after his potential reelection. Knock that building over.
Bob Melanie Lapkus July 04, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Me and my wife were reading this and are in a awwwww over this. 41 K for roof repairs. We are a family owned and operated reomodeling company for 35 yrs, seen that roof and say it should be reroofed for 1/2 that estimate they got, these guys are repairing it only for 41K, for 25 k we will do a complete tare off and reroof it. WOW someone is really getting the shaft here. 5 guys on that roof for max 3 days and your done. Someone needs vacation money.
Ram Seichert July 04, 2012 at 04:59 PM
The Village only received one bid to move that 7 ton monument around the corner from BACI for 120k. Although it never got approved, I'm starting to wonder about the bid proposal and selection process. People are hungry for work and the bids are out of this world.
Jerry July 04, 2012 at 05:40 PM
And I bet if you wanted to bid on it for that amount, somehow...some way...they would find you unqualified. We aren't as far away from Chicago as a lot of people would like to think.
JeffK July 04, 2012 at 06:02 PM
This is criminal. like I said before, Thank God Peck is running someone against Collins next year. Rumor has it Garrigan will be one of the first to be looking for new work. It can't come fast enough. We can't suffer this incompetence any longer. Of course there are buyers interested. Who wouldn't want to purchase a building at a fraction of the price of the repair cost? The village is going to lose alot of our money on this deal.
Olddeegee July 04, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Peck? The man's a Republican caricature. I prefer someone who cares about and knows the town. Not someone who considers it a stepping stone to, what I assure you will be, partisan mediocrity. If anybody but the Village had bought Baci's, it would have been razed and the empty lot would become another scar in Plainfield's architecture. I trust their judgement far more than any of the developers that have left gaping holes in our town.
Jim W July 05, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Olddeegee, I could not agree with you more on both points, especially the former.
silentrippy July 05, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Another Village Board Meeting and Trustee Rippy doesn't say one word - again!
Kevin S July 07, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Berkley? Apparently you haven't been to La Dolce Vita? Conveniently located near 59 / Renwick.
Lisa S. July 19, 2012 at 07:26 PM
It IS a scar on Plainfields architecture. Unsightly does not even begin to describe it. I would start at just plain ugly and go from there. Enough taxpayer money has been sunk into this follishness. If it was such a great deal, and there was so much potential...someone would have snapped it up before now. The Village should not be in the Real Estate flipping business. The only acceptable purchase plan for hat property should have been a parking lot. At least then the taxpayers get some benefit from it.

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