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Update: disposition of heroin dens at 2719 and 2723 W. Haddon
Anna Shoykhet of Northbrook, owner of two heroin ridden buildings at 2719 and 2723 W. Haddon, appeared in court on Aug. 10 with a new attorney to face the possible demolition of both buildings. An active order of demolition was issued for 2719 while 2723 was put back on the Buildings Court docket for Aug. 31.
Shoykhet's attorney provided proof of $60,000 in financing for 2723 as well as permit applications, which have not be submitted to the City. The building inspector indicated that architectural plans would be needed and that rehabilitation costs to bring the property into compliance would exceed $60,000 by possibly more than half that amount.
Judge McGing continued the matter to allow the new owner to bring in proof of additional financing as well as architectural plans over the objections of Maggie Rizzo, Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago.
When building owners do not comply with wishes and efforts of neighbors, aldermen and the city to secure properties and obliterate the existence of heroin dens, it is vital to the security and well being of the community for all to cooperate and work together to obliterate the problem. That has been the case on these properties but the work is not over.
It is not known who the supposed new owners are or their willingness or ability to obtain additional financing. If the new owners comply with the requests of the Judge, the next question is when they will begin and complete the project. The 1st Ward office has attempted to work with this building owner for more than a year, according to neighbors.
Interested community members are urged to attend the next court date for 2723 W. Haddon on Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. in Court Room 1111, 50 W. Washington.