Judge Orders Demolition of 17 W. Stephenson Street

Freeport, Illinois — The long standing issues with the building located at 17 W. Stephenson Street in Freeport, Illinois are about to come to a final end.

Yesterday on December 20, 2016, the court gave its decision that the building is unsafe and ordered its demolition initially, to be taken down by the buildings owner, Marianne Garvens.

Objecting to the decision, attorney’s for the city asked that the city take the building down.

After arguments were heard, Judge Schorsch ordered that the plaintiff (city) is to take the building down and pay costs.  The city was also given the option of putting a lien on the property.

A time has been set for defendant Marianne Garvens to remove items inside the building.


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