By Devin Rose
Demolition began on the former Aldi grocery store at 25 Lake St. on Monday and is expected to be finished by the end of the week.
The effort started just after 9 a.m., when workers began pulling aluminum off the building that will soon be the site of a new gymnastics center. Neil Adams, project manager for the Park District of Oak Park, said the workers had to wait for a truck that took away the aluminum to be recycled before they began punching holes through the wall of bricks.
Adams said they'll be out all this week knocking down the building, but will leave the west wall and parts of the north and south walls until a structural engineer can come take a look. He said workers are being careful not to impact the wall of the adjacent car wash, so the engineer will look at the building's existing footings by the end of the week. The $30,850 demolition bid from Albrecht Enterprises of Des Plaines was approved by the board in March.
Construction on the new building is slated to begin in September and scheduled to be finished by the fall of 2013.