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Farewell Old Homewood Hotel?

Homewood Village President Richard Hofeld said both the old landmark and the old Shooter's location may be demolished by the end of the year.

Two prominent Homewood eyesores (as they’ve often been described) may soon be no more, according to an announcement from Homewood Village President Richard Hofeld during Thursday night’s H-F Area League of Women Voters annual potluck dinner.

During a brief presentation on the status of the village, Hofeld said the former Homewood Hotel located at 17400 Halsted St. should be demolished by year’s end. The building, originally built by well-known former Homewood resident Richard Irwin in the late 70s, was once a celebrated facility.

“It was a showplace,” Hofeld said in a former interview with Patch. “It was a place where you went for that special occasion … it was a wonderful place. Over the years, it declined.”

WATCH: Homewood Village President talk more about the old Homewood Hotel

After Irwin’s death, the hotel saw many different owners—many of which were neglectful—and the building has been in steady atrophy since.

The village of Homewood closed the doors of the hotel for the last time one year ago due to multiple health and safety violations; it then went into receivership.

In addition to the planned demolition of the old hotel, Hofeld said the old Shooter’s restaurant location at 17500 Halsted, another bank-owned property, is also on the leveling agenda.

Maureen "Moe" Forte' September 22, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Maureen "Moe" Forte' I can see several things that would be FANTASTIC! Whole Foods...Yes!!, Traders Joe, Lowes, Costco, or a Fitness Center with the state of the arts machines. PLEASE NO NAILS OR HAIR SALONS!
Mr. Jack September 22, 2012 at 01:17 PM
We've been trying to get Trader Joe's into Homewood for years. However, it seems that we're not their 'preferred demographic.' It just won't happen.
Mary September 24, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I don't understand the negativity from some posters here. The businesses that have gone in on Halsted seem to be doing fine. I don't see why a business would not consider those sites desirable -- maybe not Whole Foods but certainly someone.
John Kearns November 28, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Here your answer! http://homewood-flossmoor.patch.com/articles/homewood-takes-next-step-towards-casino
BUTCH December 19, 2012 at 01:41 PM
pray u get that Casino u need the additional revenue to hire more cops all over town and especially 183rd-to enforce the speed limit and 187th and the skate park on Harwood to keep the underprivileged bangers and wannabe's from mugging other kids HF will be a bad memory if the Casino is shot down

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