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Thursday, May 23

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To be Demolished

9857 S. Avenue J

Chicago Historic Resources Survey: Not included [?]
Year: 1891
Architect: Unlisted
Owner: City of Chicago
Permit Description: Wreck & remove 2 story frame building with basement and garage.
Status: Demolition permit issued 2/17/2012

Additional Details

In addition to graffiti on the front door and throughout the back portion of the building, a sticker was affixed to the board covering the front entrance with the following text:

    This property has been determined to be vacant. This information will be reported to the mortgage servicer responsible for maintaining the property. The mortgage servicer needs to protect this property from deterioration. This property may have its locks replaced and/or plumbing systems winterized in the next few days. If this property is NOT VACANT please call BAC Field Services Corporation immediately at 886-515-9759. BAC Field Services Corporation does not own the property and should not be contacted regarding its sale. FOR SALE INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL REALTOR OR BANK OF AMERICA AT (866)781-0029. YOU MAY ALSO VISIT,

The sticker indicated that the building had been inspected on "12-29-11" and "1-27."

The graffiti presence is particularly notable because the building was the subject of a 311 call for graffiti removal on brick on September 14, 2011. The building was also the subject of a 311 call regarding its vacant status on August 11, 2010.

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Over the course of 2012 David Schalliol produced a photographic portrait of 100 of the hundreds of buildings threatened with demolition in the city of Chicago. Nearly all of the buildings have since been demolished. Visit the background information section for more information about the project, including definitions and links to other building resources.

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