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A Day For Demolition

A crowd of onlookers cheered as a bulldozer tore through North Central College’s most recent real estate purchase.

In December, the City of Naperville approved plans to knock down the commercial building at 420-440 South Washington Street.

Several community leaders and residents have hoped for the downtown eyesore to be renovated or demolished…it has been sitting vacant since 2005.

North Central College President Dr. Troy Hammond and his daughter, Gabrielle stood by as the structure was knocked down. “This is a great day for the city of Naperville and for the college as well,” said the newly appointed leader of the College. “This is demonstration of a great partnership between the college and the city.”

The 4,940-square-foot building built in 1930, has been a series of businesses including car dealerships, a laundromat, and later a restaurant.

The space will be revamped into a park linking to the Riverwalk gateway to North Central College, which connects to Fredenhagen Park, and the Sesquicentennial Walkway.

“There is a lot of ideas of exactly how to shape that but it will be an exciting gateway to the Riverwalk and even to the college as well. It will sure be a better site for the passersby then what’s been sitting here for the last decade,” said President Hammond. “Thanks to the city, thanks to the people who are supporting it, and we are just glad that the college can do its part.”

Construction workers say that the building will be completely knocked down in a matter of hours.

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