LAKEVIEW — A construction site that has been a long-time sore thumb will finally be demolished, the alderman's office said.
Bennett Lawson, Ald. Tom Tunney's (44th) chief of staff, said the city has been in building court for the past year with Chris Topps and his family regarding the property at 434 W. Melrose Ave., near Melrose and Sheridan. The family will be demolishing the current structure and replace it with another condo building, though the timeline is unknown, Lawson said.
The family has also posted cameras and cleaned up, he said.
The concrete remains at 434 W. Melrose Ave. were supposed to build up into a 10-story condo building called HarborView in 2006, according to an old listing, and then plans were revived again after a meeting with Belmont Harbor Neighbors last April.
But tall ceilings and Italian cabinetry never arrived, and at Tuesday's Belmont Harbor Neighbors meeting, residents complained of its gradual infestation.
"It has become a terrible haven for rodents and discarded furniture," one neighbor said.
Lawson said new plans will be placed in front of the community before moving forward.
"Once we see something more concrete, we’ll bring it to Belmont Harbors," Lawson said.