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Sycamore home demolished under county plan

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
(Rob Winner – rwinner@shawmedia.com)
A house at the corner of East Exchange and North Walnut streets in Sycamore was demolished recently. The property is adjacent to county municipal buildings, and the county bought the land to ensure it can expand if needed.

SYCAMORE – Residents walking by the corner of East Exchange and North Walnut streets in Sycamore will see a hole instead of a house.

The house was demolished last week as part of a 100-year plan to ensure space is available if county officials ever need to expand the administrative and legislative buildings.

County officials bought the house in December, DeKalb County Administrator Gary Hanson said.

The 100-year plan focuses on a two-block area roughly covering Locust Street, Walnut Street, Route 64 and Sycamore Street. Infrastructure, including parking lots, will be built there as needed, Hanson said. 

“As property becomes available, we buy them when there is a willing seller,” Hanson said. 

The plan was started back in 2000, Hanson said. He said it was set up so people in the community and neighborhoods would know where they can expect more growth.

Hanson said about a dozen houses have been demolished thus far.

It is the county’s policy to vote on the purchase of property in that two-block area, said Anthony Cvek, a Sycamore Republican and DeKalb County Board member. He said the home at the corner of East Exchange and North Walnut streets had been used by the fire department to perform training exercises.

He said as far as he knew, the area would remain vacant until the county finds a use for it.

So far, county officials haven’t approached any homeowners about purchasing their homes, but have set aside money to buy property as it’s available, Cvek said.

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