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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.

Ernie Souchak September 20, 2012 at 02:04 PM
It will be a mega-store for hair & nails, no doubt.
DaFuz September 20, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Whole foods would be perfect!!! I think it's going to be a Lowe's though..
TeacherMom September 20, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Really a Lowe's? Because we NEED another hardware store on Halsted. I think Whole Foods is a great idea!
Don Mastery September 20, 2012 at 02:59 PM
The Homewood Hotel sight should be big enough for a Costco! How can the community help???
TeacherMom September 20, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Now there's a great idea Don!
Genvieve LaChappele September 20, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I have to laugh at all of these people that think that those stores would even consider us. Whole Foods took forever to go into Orland. We have no chance. Maybe a used bookstore! LOLOLOLOLOLOL! Costco? Really ? Living in a dream world!
Bob Levy September 20, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Interesting thought but did a cafe just open at the station?
Mike September 20, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Finally. Somebody said what we're all (well, most of us anyway) thinking.
Integrity Carpet & Floor Care September 20, 2012 at 04:28 PM
My guess is that it will be a Meier Grocery Store.
LocalRez September 20, 2012 at 05:24 PM
More like an Ultra or some other discount grocery store. Too bad the buildings can't be re-purposed instead of demolished, How much TIFF money will go to the new owners I wonder???
Glenn E. Wierzbicki September 20, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Its sad that people dont think outside the box. This would have been a great senior assisted living facility. Already built too....tear it down put in another gas station...People are too myopic.....
Melissa McC September 20, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I remember swimmiing in the pools inside of that place as a kid and thinking how amazing it was! It's a shame that it's gone down in the dumps. I'll be interested to see what they replace it with :-)
SouthSide September 20, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Senior living. Great idea.
Katrina Powell Perez September 20, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I would love a Meijer's there. But I'm not holding my breath.
Homewood Resident September 20, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I understand the doubt re: Whole Foods, but why Costco? Never thought of Costco as being uppity or too specialized? And way to support your neighborhood folks. If you don't try, you don't get anything. And a used bookstore would be welcome. In fact, anything would be better than a dilapidated hotel.
Genvieve LaChappele September 20, 2012 at 07:59 PM
These are bank owned properties. They have to level them to make the land more attractive to buyers or developers.
nonya September 20, 2012 at 08:31 PM
how about a casino! Homewood could use a little night life
Laura Dillman September 20, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I think we need a Bookstore i.e. Half price books or Books a Million. Trader Joes would be great.Krispy Kreme should go into the old Arby's. Maybe turn the old Caribou Coffee into a smaller version Bookstore/Coffee House a safe place where all ages can enjoy. The Best of Luck To Rich Hofeld For ALL he does for our town!
nonya September 20, 2012 at 10:37 PM
sounds like Laura is gunning for Hofelds job.
FlossmoorMom September 20, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Always with your positive attitude ;)
Marc A. Wiley Sr. September 21, 2012 at 02:36 AM
I would love to see a Costco or Sam's Club go into the Hotel Sight. Plenty of eating places already there.
Hernendo RevolveR September 21, 2012 at 04:12 AM
What profit driven enterprise would even consider investing in this area? Businesses are being robbed blind! The Federal government is increasing costs and regulations on business at a record rate. The state raises taxes every time one sneezes and the local environment is a disaster! That doesn't even begin to take into account all the crime in the area and how much of their investment will be either stolen or damaged by the numerous criminals in the area. Tear down the buildings and turn the property into a nice park that the "children" can destroy and then start complaining about it.
Jim Gannon September 21, 2012 at 01:30 PM
That is in Hazel Crest. Just that corner lot! Go figure on how it was zoned!
Jim Gannon September 21, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I think you are way off base with the "Crime in the area" comment.
Sadb September 21, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Wake up people, there not going to build anything, just like the Glenwood theater or when the plaza gets tore down, just empty lots!!! Illinois is a dying state, over taxed with no future!!!!
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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