Daley Lied? Gasp!
- Old Man Daley
- The Chicago Fire
With squatters moving in, a gaping hole in the roof and a $13.2 million price tag for rehabilitation, Mayor Daley said Thursday the city has no choice but to demolish the historic main building that once housed Michael Reese Hospital.
“It’s $2 million to tear it down, I believe. It’s about $13 million just to protect it — and we’re not gonna spend $13 million,” Daley told reporters.
The mayor acknowledged that he made a promise to preservationists to spare the historic main building at 2839 S. Ellis.
But, he said, “You can’t. We don’t have $13 million to enclose that. . . . The city doesn’t have it — especially in these very difficult economic times. . . . If the structure was sound — if there was no hole in the roof — you would save it. But there’s a huge hole in the roof. How are you gonna save it?”
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