Join your Chicago and Evanston neighbors at the next court hearing for the vacant property at 2317 W. Howard (the southeast corner of Howard and Claremont) that once was a Burger King restaurant. The hearing will take place Monday, October 30th, at 9:30 a.m. in the Richard J. Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington, Room 1103.
Once again, Evanston Alderman Ann Rainey and I are leading a delegation of neighbors to the court hearing to make sure this vacant eyesore gets the attention from the court it deserves. The City of Evanston is providing FREE round-trip bus transportation to the court hearing. Meet us at the old Burger King site at 2317 W. Howard next Monday (October 30th) at 8:00 a.m.
If you prefer to travel to the court on your own or will be downtown already, please feel free to meet us at the courtroom.
Though the court cannot take the property away from the owner, Vincent Rizzo, or compel him to sell, we hope court oversight will force him to maintain the property in better condition and ultimately convince him that it is worth his while to sell the property to a responsible owner.
For more information on this eyesore and its history, read this.
The last court hearing was on September 18th with well over a dozen neighborhood residents in attendance. The case was continued because Mr. Rizzo was not properly served with a summons, but our presence in the court was noted by the judge and the City attorney assigned to the case. Knowing that we would be in attendance, a top deputy in the City of Chicago Department of Buildings also was present at the hearing.
Mr. Rizzo’s attorney informed me yesterday that he will appear in court on Monday to accept the jurisdiction of the court, which will allow the matter to be heard.
It is critical that as many community residents as possible attend the hearing to convince the judge to give this the attention this community eyesore deserves.
I hope to see you in court.