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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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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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