More than two dozen Machesney Park homes have a date with a wrecking ball.
It’s part of the flood buyout program. The village is using a nearly $4 million grant to purchase and demolish homes on Shore Drive, which runs along the Rock River. It floods almost every year.
25 homes will be demolished.
Mayor Jerry Bolin says the program is a way to eliminate blight, save the village money, and help property owners.
“The house is flooded, they have multiple damage to it and then trying to re-sell that home after that has happened is almost impossible,” said Bolin. “It’s a good deal for the homeowners and for the village.”
Bolin says up to seven homes should be demolished by December 2017.