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Former Skokie Police Station Being Sold To Non-Profit

The Skokie Village Board will vote Jan. 21 on whether to sell the building to an agency which serves the developmentally disabled.


While many residents remember the building at Main Street and Lincoln Avenue as the longtime home of the former police station, it could become a center of daytime activities for developmentally disabled adults.

The Skokie Village Board will vote Jan. 21 on whether to sell the building to Shore Community Services,  which provides services to adults and children with developmental disabilities, for $1,780,000.

Debora K. Braun, Shore's executive director, wrote on the agency's website that with only three years remaining on its lease at the Lois Lloyd Center, 2525 Church Street, Evanston, the agency undertook a $2.5 million capital campaign to find a new home for its adult services division. 

Adult Services "provides adaptive daily living skills and pre-vocational skills to nearly 80 adults with individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities," Shore's website says.

Shore, which began in 1949, also provides child services and residential facilities and services.  

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Susan Del Casco January 14, 2014 at 12:26 PM
I wonder, does Shore Community Services, Inc know about the "sick building" from the 90's. When numerous dispatchers and officers were taken from the building in ambulances? Are they aware the HVAC System was askew and sucking in exhaust fumes, and no fresh air. Do they know the building is under reverse presure and has LEAD in it from the Shooting Range? Sewage back up? Just wondering....
Troy January 19, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Any new purchaser would have renovate the building for their use and in doing so, update to current building code standards. I would think any deficiencies causing illness had been cured in the last 20-years. Any prospective purchaser is welcome to do their own due diligence prior to purchase. As for environmental factors, any new lender will require an environmental audit to protect their interests, which in turn protects those of the purchaser. As a taxpayer, I welcome a sale. My wish is that it goes to an entity that would be required to pay real estate taxes.
Skok January 20, 2014 at 09:22 AM
I am not happy with this purchase at all. If anyone remembers the history of Uptown in Chicago, 7,000 mentally ill patients were moved into Uptown in the 60s and 70s. The area, which had was great pre-World War II, declined rapidly and its affluent residents moved to the suburbs. I am afraid that a Shore Community Services center will become a catalyst to Skokie's further decline.

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