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Joliet

Asbestos abatement needed at Will County-owned building

Site of future courthouse

The former First Midwest Bank Building in downtown Joliet will have asbestos abatement work done before it is demolished by Will County, which now owns it.
The former First Midwest Bank Building in downtown Joliet will have asbestos abatement work done before it is demolished by Will County, which now owns it.

JOLIET – The former First Midwest Bank Building at 50 W. Jefferson St. sin downtown Joliet has asbestos in it.

Will County owns the building, which will be demolished in early 2018 to make way for the new Will County Courthouse. But first, a company will have to do asbestos abatement.

The County Board’s Capital Improvements Committee was in favor Tuesday of a contract in the amount of $260,000 for Midway Contracting Group of Tinley Park. The full board will vote on it later this month. The county had five bids for the project ranging from $260,000 to $507,920.

In May 2014, county officials signed a contract to buy the bank building and the 4.3-acre site it sits on for $4 million. The lot is next to the existing courthouse. The former bank building is home to offices of the Will County Sheriff’s Office, which will be relocated to the new Will County Public Safety Complex in December.

That move, and the following demolition of the bank building, will allow the county to get started on construction of the new courthouse.

First Midwest Bank moved its downtown operations to 212 N. Chicago St., near the downtown Joliet Junior College building.

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