Car-X costs Oak Park $141,000 to demolish

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park Board of Trustees approved spending up to $141,425 to demolish the former Car-X Tire & Auto building at 700 Madison St. 

The expenditure will be paid for out of Madison Street Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District funds. The village also used $1.3 million in TIF funds to purchase the property in 2017.

The demolition project was put out for public bid, and the village chose Delta Demolition to perform the work. 

The village purchased the property and is paying for the demolition to make way for a larger project at the corner of Oak Park Avenue and Madison Street. 

The village has sought bids to redevelop the village-owned parking lot on the northeast corner of Oak Park and Madison, adjacent to the Car-X property, but has not yet announced a preferred developer.

Timothy Inklebarger


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Kline Maureen  

Posted: October 8th, 2018 9:58 AM

not only that Tom MacMillan, but please also factor in all the taxpayer dollars that go to support the Oak Park Economic Development Corp, the quasi-govt. agency responsible for marketing these properties - and its "team" of "peer agencies" all of who are heavily subsidized by tax payer funds! Check of these links for more info: and

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: October 7th, 2018 10:46 PM

Must be nice to be able to sell a toxic waste site for $1.2 million and stick the village with the clean up costs at the same time. Genius at work.

Jack Davidson  

Posted: October 7th, 2018 10:22 PM

This is outrageous and yet again further proof of mismanagement of our precious resources.

Margy Feley  

Posted: October 7th, 2018 8:04 PM

Say it ain't so...

Kitty Conklin  

Posted: October 7th, 2018 7:53 PM

Pg 56 of the VOP Capital Improvement Plan for 2019-2023, which begins discussion tomorrow (10/8) shows that we OP taxpayers will also be paying $6.5mil to remediate the property of toxic waste.

Mike Hanline  

Posted: October 4th, 2018 8:34 AM

Why are taxpayer dollars being used to clean up someone else's mess?

Janet Miceli  

Posted: October 3rd, 2018 9:13 PM

Is there an estimated date this demolition may occur?

Kitty Conklin  

Posted: October 3rd, 2018 7:30 AM

When will the cost to taxpayers of the toxic waste cleanup be calculated?

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