Purple Hotel Isn't Getting Demolished - For Now

Jake Weiss - owner of the Purple Hotel and its adjacent properties - won a crucial vote at a Village of Lincolnwood board meeting on Tuesday.

It was a make or break day for developer Jake Weiss – or North Capital Group, LLC - and the Purple Hotel during a village board meeting in Lincolnwood on Tuesday night.

Weiss was facing two possible outcomes: The Purple Hotel would either get a two month extension for sharing their development plans or trustees would choose to demolish the iconic eyesore at 4500 W. Touhy Ave.

Fortunately, for Weiss, the board voted 4-1 in his favor. Now, North Capital will have their development deadline pushed back to Feb. 28 from Dec. 31.

Village manager Timothy Wiberg said the board meeting was a “temperature taking test,” according Chicago Real Estate Daily.

Weiss has told Skokie Patch in the past that he wants to have retail, banquet space and restaurants, among other things with the redevelopment.

Don Gelfund December 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I am glad to hear that the building is saved (for now). Lincolnwood benefits if the developer is able to use its shell and infrastructure to rebuild it as a new hotel facility. Several years ago, the village board had the foresight to pass an "inn tax," which is a per Diem fee on each rented room. Not unlike sales tax, occupied hotel rooms can provide needed revenue for a municipality. Granted it's an eyesore, but it is also a very sturdy building. Building a new hotel from scratch, would apparently cost significantly more if the structure were razed. Progress seems to be underway as the former suit store immediately to its west came down about a week ago.
Steve Mottel December 21, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Glenview just approved a new higher end grocery store for their old downtown Dominicks site. Dominicks site is being torn down. Lincolnwood should follow Glenviews lead for such a prominent site. They should all agree with the trustee that voted to raze this hazardous eye sore......... There is no upside to local citizens in keeping that eyesore. There may be benefits for the city as noted above but that would be a shame. This is a once in a generation opportunity to get this right.
Oliver P. McCracken December 21, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I believe it was the blind hymness, Fanny Crosby, who once sang "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot," though I could be mistaken. And while this "Purple Hotel" you speak of may be no paradise, it is one of the few edifices in the shire of Lincolnwood with any character. Why, I remember when my school chum Louie Sullivan's buildings were razed by Dick Daley in the name of "renewal." The Garrick Theatre, the Stock Exchange, the Zion Temple. All gone in order to install nondescript blocks of needless consumerism and parcels to "park" horseless carriages. It reminds me of how my great-grandchildren, in their impatience to inherit my fortune, have long conspired to "pull the plug" and euthanize me. I might be well into my second century, but I can still do some good, even if that amounts to penning the occasional missive to this fine periodical, "The Patch." As that unseeing hymnist woman also said, "You don't know what you got 'til it's gone"....
ROBERT DANIELS December 28, 2012 at 02:47 PM
George Slefo January 02, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Your comments are always a pleasure to read, Mr. McCracken. =D


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