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New plans made for former Crabigale's site in Joliet

JOLIET – The city has more development proposals for the downtown building last used to house the Crabigale's Comedy Club.

City Manager Jim Hock said two developers have proposed plans for the Loughran Building at the corner of Chicago and Cass streets.

Hock did not give details but said Monday during a special council meeting that the proposals would be presented to a council committee in the near future.

The city owns the 1890 building, which it acquired to put back into use. The city acquired the property in 2001 and sold it at a nominal price to a local entrepreneur who renovated the first floor and opened the Crabigale's Comedy Club. When the club failed, the building ended up in the city's hands again.

Later, the owner of the Lockdown Bar & Grill in Chicago proposed opening a second restaurant in Joliet with the same name and theme in the Loughran Building. But the restaurant never opened.

The city in August announced that it would seek requests for qualifications from business people interested in using the building.

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