West Sub to tear down Humphrey 2-flat

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Other than fresh sod, West Suburban Hospital isn't sure what will go at the site of a vacant two flat it owns at 209 N. Humphrey Ave., but demolition of that building may begin as early as Thursday, said hospital spokesperson Molly Gaus.

The hospital hand delivered a letter to residents in the area on Sunday informing them of the demolition. That letter stated that the tear down was to start as early as Tuesday, but Gaus said the timeline has since been pushed back.

"We just wanted to be really nice neighbors and tell people ahead of time so that it wasn't a surprise," she said. "It's really in disrepair."

Though the letter also makes mention of the hospital "beginning to plan for a new emergency department," Gaus said that announcement isn't related to the demolition.

"The emergency department will affect the community; that's where they're treated," she said. "Right now we're in the very, very preliminary stages [of planning]."

Demolition is expected to take two days, and work will take place from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., according to the letter.

When Resurrection Health Care took over West Sub, it pledged to invest over $70 million in capital improvements to the facility. The hospital has already used money for a variety of new equipment, as well as other work, such as resurfacing a parking lot and improving the fašade of the building.

?#34;Katharine Grayson

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