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Joliet hotel plans move ahead

Published: Sunday, July 6, 2014 12:04 a.m. CST

JOLIET – A convention center that would include two hotels and an adjoining conference facility at Interstate 80 and Houbolt Road has taken another step forward.

The City Council last week approved subdividing land parcels for each hotel.

"What this does is split the property into two parcels so that each hotel facility is located on their own piece of property," City Manager Jim Hock told the council.

The complex will include a 120-room Holiday Inn and an 80-room Candlewood Suites connected to a conference center that would include a restaurant and fitness center.

The hotels and convention center are being developed by Hospitality Guru Group of Aurora.

"The contractor has told us that before the end of summer he hopes to begin the first hotel," Hock said.

In other business, the council approved:

• Renaming Van Buren Street – from Chicago Street to Art Schultz Drive – as Bob Rogina Way. Rogina, a civil engineer, was actively involved in numerous boards and organizations, including the Joliet-Will County Center for Economic Development, Joliet Rotary Club, Rialto Square Theatre and Will County Metropolitan Exposition And Auditorium Authority. Rogina, 72, died on Feb. 28.

• A Class E table liquor license to The Blue Taco, 79 N. Chicago St., and transfer of a Class C package liquor license to American Liquors of Joliet, 120 S. Larkin Ave.

• Selling a vacant property at 553 Elwood St. to an adjacent landowner for $250. The resident plans to build a garage on the site.

• Declaring properties at 424 Chase Ave., 1212 Rowell Ave., 158 Stone St., and 835 and 837 Richards St. as public nuisances. Demolition proceedings will be pursued.

• Awarding a contract to J.L Adler Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., to replace the roof on the Joliet Police Station. Adler's bid of $319,780 was the lowest of seven bids and about 3.5 percent lower than the administrative estimate of $331,000 on the project.

• Construction funding for the Washington Street over Spring Creek improvement project. The city's share of the project – 20 percent – is $479,000, and will be funded through Motor Fuel Taxes. The rest of the project is federally funded.

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