JOLIET – The city is trying to find a developer for a second vacant building it owns.
Two potential developers this week sent proposals for the three-story building that can be seen down the right-field line at Slammers’ stadium, Economic Development Director Steve Jones said.
The city is offering a $300,000 incentive package that is the same as is being provided for a potential developer of the old Crabigale’s building downtown.
“We’re not using either building for anything,” Jones said.
The goal, he said, is to put both buildings back into private use. The city acquired the building outside the ballpark when it acquired land to build the stadium, which opened in 2002.
The three-story building outside the ballpark, sometimes jokingly called the “Stadium Club,” is at 141 E. Jefferson St. Years ago, it was used for a car dealership.
“There’s literally an elevator shaft in there. They were hauling vehicles up and down,” Jones said.
The building totals about 18,000 square feet.
The next step, Jones said, is for city staff to form a review committee to examine the two proposals and then present a recommendation to the Joliet City Council Economic Development Committee. Eventually, the full council will decide whether to accept one of the proposals.
Like the Crabigale’s building, the city would turn over the property to a developer once $300,000 in renovations are done.
The city is seeking proposals again for the Crabigale’s building after only one developer sent a proposal by an April 7 deadline.
The building at 1 E. Cass St. is formally known as the Loughran Building. But it was last used for the Crabigale’s comedy club, which closed in 2005.
The city has been seeking a developer that would put another restaurant on the first floor where Crabigale’s was located and finish renovations on the upper two floors. The latest request for proposals, however, no longer mandates a restaurant on the first floor, although the city still is urging a venue that would fit with Chicago Street redevelopment plans. The building is on the corner of Cass and Chicago streets.
Proposals on the Crabigale’s building are being accepted until May 8.