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Joliet Casseday house relocation delayed

The 19th century limestone house at 411 E. Jackson St. now is surrounded by construction fences, and windows have been removed. It was going to be demolished, but there are plans for it to be moved to another location.
The 19th century limestone house at 411 E. Jackson St. now is surrounded by construction fences, and windows have been removed. It was going to be demolished, but there are plans for it to be moved to another location.

A happy ending for the fate of the Casseday house has at least been postponed.

The Joliet City Council this week did not vote on the liquor permit Thorntons wants as part of a deal to relocate the historic house now sitting on a site of a future gas station. The agreement to save the house with the help of $300,000 from Thorntons called for the council to vote on the permit at its meeting Tuesday.

The permit also would allow Thorntons to serve open liquor at the gas station, although company representatives have said they do not intend to run a bar and only want the permit to satisfy legal requirements that would allow video gambling.

“It’s clear that that did not make the agenda tonight,” Drew Zazofsky of Thornton’s told the council Tuesday while proposing an alternative timetable.

Zazofsky said Thorntons is willing to wait until the end of the year for the liquor permit but noted it would likely delay relocation of the house until April. Thorntons has already put $300,000 into an escrow fund, he said.

“All I’m here to do is ask the city to follow the terms of the development agreement that was approved,” Zazofsky said.

Zazofsky asked that the council at its meeting Nov. 19 approve an amendment to the development agreement that would provide for liquor permit approval by the end of the year.

City Attorney Martin Shanahan said Thorntons filed an addendum to its application a week ago.

“Now the application is complete,” he said.

Thorntons plans to build the gas station at the corner of Jackson and Collins streets, where the Casseday house is located. The company planned to demolish the house before residents began showing up at City Council meetings urging the city to save the building.

The development agreement calls for the Will County Historical Society to take ownership of the house and move it to another location, which is expected to be at a city-owned lot at 561 E. Jackson St.

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