At the last Cook County Board Meeting, Commissioner Sims brought up a good point. The board has not ruled out tearing down the old Cook County Hospital. There are all kinds of things going on, like tearing the wings down in back (those used to be Wards) along with the Old Children's Hospital (which also housed the burn unit on floor 5) and the old Physical Plant. So far nothing is being done but to have security watch the building. No landmark status yet. How long are they going to let the building just sit there? Yes, the Cook County Board wants the building used for something that will fit into the neighborhood. The neighborhood, is the Illinois State Laboratory, The VA (Veterans Administration) Hospital, University of Illinois Hospital, U of I Medical School, U of I Dental School, Rush Hospital, and Rush University(Medical School), the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. and the new Cook County Hospital now called John Stroger Hospital. The construction was completed on John Stroger Hospital in late 2002, and the old hospital is still.......undecided what to do with it. Yes, Todd Stroger was noticeably late to that last meeting.

10 Comments:

  1. SP Biloxi said...
    "How long are they going to let the building just sit there?"

    And that cost money! And that could be money for the city. The Toddster is backwards in finance and the budget for his city. The hospital needs to be torn down.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Believe you me, I have been in this building and it is run down. The elevators needed operators and the underground tunnel system that connects the buildings has water or something dripping from who knows where. They still have no clue, and who are they going to get to move in there? They want tenants to fit in with the rest of the area. It is wall to wall medical buildings(hosp & the like) in that area, and nothing else, oh sorry the Juvenile detention center is next to the Illinois State Lab and accross the Street from the VA. But seriously CC Hosp has Fantus Clinic, Rush has space for Doctor's offices, so does U of I and VA, and all these are teaching hospitals where you have mostly House Staff (student Doctors) who don't have offices anyhow.
    Yes since 2002 it has sat. And still they don't know.
    They also brought up another Cook County Building, the Dunn Building (named after another ex-CC pres) that is in the loop close to Washington and Madison that they are not renting out offices at market value because they would need to rehab it first (about 2-3 dollars a square foot cheaper for rent) at least that is what their reason was.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "Yes since 2002 it has sat. And still they don't know."

    Like I said the Urkelster doesn't know finances. Four years that hospital sat there collected interest for the city and filling the pockets of the criminal city officials. A caveman woth one good eye knows that the Urkelster is like the Gerbil: a blow up doll official.
    KittyBowTie said...
    Parts of the old Cook County Hospital have lovely architecture. If I had a few dozen million to blow, I would turn it condos, lofts, etc.

    Sure enough, someone else had the same idea:

    Landmark
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    I don't know who would want a condo there, it is a really busy area, they are surrounding by trama hospitals, and yes the Cook County Morgue is on the West side. Accross from the helipad in front is the Eisenhower expressway. Most medical students live in the high rise on Ogden because it's cheap, if they are not in U of I dorm or someplace cheaper. It's just a really conjested area. But they need to do something beside let it sit there, they need to get on the stick and either get it Landmark status for tax incentive or find a buyer/developer etc.
    SP Biloxi said...
    Kittybowtie:

    Since the site on the busilding is zoned commercial, yes, it would be nice to build condos especially affording condos for the middle class. But, of course, I am not small pea braindead Toddster...
    KittyBowTie said...
    I looked at the development plan that someone had and a bunch of it included huge workout areas. For people who are serious about their workouts, if the condo / loft thing could happen as in that plan, once people went home in the evening, there would be no running around the city to the gym. The gym would be right there, 24/7.

    Or make it an assisted living place. Folks in retirement areas do not usually go out in rush hour traffic and all the medical people would be right there.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Retirement/assisted living would probably be best. The reason CC got the new building built was the costs to heat and maintain the old hospital was out of control with all the antiquated plumbing, heating, electric etc. The building has lead paint and asbestos in it. The medical students all live a half dozen or so to a cheap apartment, due to time and lack of money, so I don't see any med students buying/renting a renovated CC Hosp. It really is a busy medical area, and with the helipad out in front then the Eisenhower Expressway, and accross from that a view of Malcom X college and the United Center.
    Yes all the Medical people are right there a stones throw away from Stroger Hosp., VA, UofI Hosp, and Rush. And then the CC morgue is also next door.
    But the CC board needs to do something, it's been long enough that nothing has been done.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "Retirement/assisted living would probably be best."

    I think you are right. How many retirement/assisted living are currently in your area?
    SP Biloxi said...
    Kittybowtie for the next Alderman! LOL!

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