SYCAMORE – The city has issued a demolition permit to level the gutted Wendy’s restaurant at 439 E. State St. that was destroyed by fire in January, but the eyesore won’t be razed anytime soon.
The property owner, who lives in China, and his agent, who lives in Washington state, still need to obtain permits from Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the state before demolition can begin, Sycamore Building and Engineer Director John Sauter told the City Council during its Monday meeting.
“We’re doing the best we can. We’re putting the heat on,” Sauter told the council. “There won’t be activity out there immediately, but we’ll keep pushing.”
Northern Illinois Services will be responsible for the demolition.
On Tuesday morning, Sauter met City Manager Brian Gregory at the site of the damaged restaurant and concluded that demolition will encompass 75 percent of the pavement on the property, Sauter said, and also will stretch out onto State, which is Route 64.
“We’re trying to create a green buffer out along East State Street and then to the north of the building, leaving a pavement for vehicular traffic,” Sauter said.
In addition, the IDOT permit will allow demolition crews to cut open a portion of State to access the water main and terminate water service to the former restaurant.
Not having a locally based ownership has slowed down the process, Sauter said.
“If it were one of our local guys, certainly we could call them up and meet them out there and it would get done much quicker,” he said.
At the council meeting, Mundy said “that’s the price you pay” when not dealing with local businesses.
“It’s way past due to have a bare piece of land that will attract, hopefully, another eatery on our east side,” Mundy said. “It was the only one of its kind there.”