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City Council approves loan for Big Hurt Brewhouse

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 3:22 p.m. CDT
(Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com)
The Big Hurt Brewhouse takes out a city loan to complete renovation on the old Berwyn National Bank building.

BERWYN – While plans are in the works for a ceremonial groundbreaking at Frank Thomas’ forthcoming Big Hurt Brewhouse in Berwyn, several items has been identified outside of the project scope that will need to be rectified before the White Sox Hall of Famer serves his first pint of Honey Girl Wheat or HOF Pilsner.

To that end, the Berwyn City Council approved an additional loan of $123,300 to cover cost overruns for both structural and code compliance issues.

“A contingency was built into the original TIF, as you can expect an old building like that will have unforeseen circumstances,” Assistant City Administrator Evan Summers said.

Meanwhile, work continues at the former American State Bank building, 6801 W. Cermak Road, which began last year.

“Everything is still on track,” Summers said.

The developer, Heidner Properties of Glendale Heights, and former White Sox designated hitter and first baseman Frank “The Big Hurt” Thomas, were granted a time extension by the City Council last August to finish civil drawings and building plans, as allowed by the original redevelopment agreement signed April 9, 2013.

Similar to the first extension approved back in mid-June 2013, the proposed extension does come with a $25,000 penalty if the developer does not meet the revised timeline.

Plans include renovating and remodeling the architecturally significant bank building, as well as the construction of a 3,500-square-foot restaurant to be constructed on the corner of Grove Avenue.

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