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Demolition Of Children's Memorial Hospital Set For Next Month

Children's Memorial Hospital site, Chicago, IL

The best laid plans almost always become entangled in red tape. At least that's why demolition of the former Children's Memorial Hospital isn't underway. McCaffery Interests CEO Dan McCaffery says permit obstacles delayed razing the buildings until June 7.

McCaffery told attendees at a community meeting in March the eight-month demolition process would begin in April, DNA Info reports. It's unknown if that will result in a delay on redeveloping the site, originally set for Q1 2017. McCaffery and partner Hines Interests landed a sovereign wealth fund based in Abu Dhabi for the $50M project, which will include 540 luxury apartments, 60 condos and 160k SF of retail along Lincoln Avenue.

To prepare for the demolition, crews will begin setting up scaffolding and cutting off water mains from May 26 to June 6. McCaffery says crews have used the delay to be thorough in rodent abatement. [DNA]