President’s Final Project

North Central College and the City of Naperville are partnering to convert a downtown eyesore into a public park.

The college purchased the land at 420 S. Washington Street where a vacant one story commercial building sits. The building has plagued the area adjacent to The Riverwalk for years.

The new park will complement the two other recent public improvements on North Central’s campus.

The Naperville City Council unanimously voted to authorize City Manager Doug Krieger to award a contract to demolish the structure and release a $235,000 dollar lien on the property.

Mayor Pradel and President Wilde got the chance to tear down a model of the building during the meeting.

The building does have asbestos so it will take longer to remove it and demolish. The city is hoping to have it removed by mid-January.

Dr. Hal Wilde was also honored during the same meeting with a proclamation for his dedication to North Central College and the City of Naperville.

The Mayor cited his many improvements to campus and contributions to Naperville as one of the many reasons for the honor.

Wilde has served as President of North Central College for over two decades. His last day in office is December 31st. He and his wife Benna are planning to move to Chicago.

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