Demolition of the burned out Hanley Building will begin Friday morning and be completed by the 4th of July according to Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, but that aggressive schedule was not without some legal maneuvering Thursday.
The historic but long vacant structure caught fire on Sunday, and burned well into Monday as firefighters had to deal with lingering hot spots inside the structure. Firefighters remained on scene in shifts until Wednesday, the same day a decision by the city was made to tear down the structure rather than attempt to restore it. A cause for the fire has yet to be determined.
The City has signed a contract with Northern Illinois Service Co. of Rockford for approximately $500,000 to demolish the structure, which will proceed non-stop through the weekend until the demolition is complete. Costs will be repaid by the building’s owner. Some of the materials will be recycled.
The owners of the building, Urban Equity Properties, did seek a temporary restraining order to delay the demolition Thursday, but it was denied.