Salem Lakes issues raze order for apartment building

The Salem Lakes Village Board on Monday ordered the razing of a 20-unit apartment building at 8705 Antioch Road (Highway 83) in Salem.

The apartment building was ordered vacated earlier this year after a gas leak emergency there uncovered safety issues. At that time, village building inspector Jack Rowland recommended the building be razed, citing issues such as crumbling cement block and brick and rotting sill plates. A hearing on a raze order was held in August, but action deferred so the building’s owners could attempt to address concerns.

Since that time, a representative of the owners of the building has been attempting to address board concerns about the building. Attorney Brian Schuk has repeatedly said the owners were committed to making the necessary changes to make the building habitable again.

“They’re going to fix it,” Schuk told the board Monday.

The board has been unsatisfied with the owners efforts to outline their commitment to repairing the building. Schuk has said only so much planning and timelines can be developed without building permits.

On Monday, Schuk pointed out the board had been presented with a report from an engineer and some drawings about structural repairs needed for the building. Some board members were not satisfied with the extent of information or when it was submitted to the board.

“It seems like at the last moment before the meeting we get some information,” said Trustee Dan Campion. “I think it’s time to say I am personally done.”

Schuk said “I am trying to show some action.”

Campion made the motion to issue the raze order, which was seconded by Trustee Ron Gandt. Trustees Ted Kmiec and Mike Culat voted against issuing the raze order.

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