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Joliet again looking for developer for Stadium club

Joliet is looking for a developer for the Stadium Club building outside Joliet Route 66 Stadium.
Joliet is looking for a developer for the Stadium Club building outside Joliet Route 66 Stadium.

JOLIET – One plan to put the Stadium Club back to use has been called off.

The city again is trying to find a developer for the three-story building it owns outside Joliet Route 66 Stadium.

The one-time car dealership was dubbed the Stadium Club after the city built Joliet Route 66 Stadium next to it in 2002, but it was never a club. The city acquired the building and formerly used it as storage.

Now, Joliet is trying to find a developer who could take over ownership of the 18,000-square-foot building at 141 E. Jefferson St.

One emerged a year ago with a plan to turn the top floors into 11 apartments and the ground floors into business uses, include a coffee and doughnut shop. But those plans fell through in February, city officials said.

Last week, the City Council voted to repeal the development agreement with a group that called itself Stadium Club, LLC. The action was needed for city staff to pursue another developer.

Steve Jones, the city’s economic development coordinator, said he would meet with the council’s Economic Development Committee to discuss the next steps.

Typically, the city puts out a request for qualifications to find out if there is interest in taking over the building and then picks a potential developer to work with.

The city’s development agreements have provided credits for building investment that turn the property over to the developer once $300,000 is spent on upgrades.

The Stadium Club is one of two vacant buildings owned by the city.

Joliet also is trying to put the Crabigale’s building at 1 E. Cass St. back to use. That building was last used for the Crabigale’s comedy club, which closed in 2005.

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