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Joliet, Silver Cross partner to redo old campus

The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission has been working to redevelop the former hospital campus in Joliet since the hospital relocated to Interstate 355 and Route 6 in New Lenox, according to a press release.

“When we announced that we would be building a replacement hospital, we promised the community that we would leave the property in good shape while continuing to improve the quality of life for the residents of the east side of Joliet,” Silver Cross Hospital President and CEO Paul Pawlak said in the release.

The commission was founded in 2008 to guide the redevelopment of the 35-acre campus. Retired Will County Board Member Margie Woods chairs the commission, which is composed of 17 eastside Joliet community leaders and hospital administrators.

Silver Cross is also working with the City of Joliet to study the creation of a TIF district to accelerate the redevelopment.

“We think there is potential on the former Silver Cross Hospital site and are excited about the possibilities,” said Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk. “The site offers a campus-like environment and is likely suitable for a mixed-use development.”

Silver Cross will demolish the remaining medical buildings and parking lots with the exception of the 60,000 sq. ft. Specialty Care Pavilion, to make the property more attractive to developers. Branderburg Industrial Service Company will handle the demolition.

The entire demolition site will be fenced off and monitored by security 24/7. Work will be done during the day and equipment will not be louder than a garbage truck and there will be no implosions. Special misting equipment will keep dust to a minimum.

Over 90 percent of the materials will be re-used as aggregate or scrap metal and once the site is cleared, there will be more than 20 acres of land available for redevelopment.

“As long as I can remember Silver Cross has always been a good neighbor and corporate citizens,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh. “They excel in everything they set out to accomplish, whether that is providing quality health care services or partnering with local government and community agencies to meet the needs of area residents.”

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