Demolition of the two-story office building at the corner of Lake and Forest, where the new luxury apartment high-rise by Albion Development will eventually stand, is expected to begin this week, according to Albion spokesman James Prescott.

Prescott said in a telephone interview that the demolition will take about 4-6 weeks and then Albion will begin construction of the 18-story building. Clark Construction Group, which is working with Albion on the project, has set up a monitoring system to track vibrations created by the project and make sure construction does not impact nearby structures such as the 19th Century Club and the Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center.

Speaking of the environmental education center, the Illinois Council of The American Institute of Architects has named the Platinum-LEED certified center one of Illinois’ 200 Great Places. 

Albion representatives, neighbors and village staff are meeting at Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St., on Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. to discuss potential impacts of the project, which is expected to take about 18 months to complete. 

Timothy Inklebarger

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