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Kane poised to OK demolition at old jail site on Fabyan

GENEVA – One of the last buildings remaining from the old Kane County Jail soon could be demolished.

The Kane County Board could approve a $117,875 contract with American Demolition of Elgin,at its regular meeting Aug. 13. The County Board’s Finance Committee unanimously recommended approval of the contract during its meeting Wednesday.

Under the terms of the deal, the company would demolish and remove the debris from the building known as Kane County Sheriff’s Office Post 1.

Located along Fabyan Parkway on Geneva’s east side, the structure was once part of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office’s administration center, when the property was home to the Kane County Jail.

However, after jail operations were transferred in 2008 to the new Kane County Jail on Route 38 near Peck Road, the building largely was abandoned and fell into disrepair.

The old jail structure was demolished last year, also by American Demolition. But several structures remained, including Post 1, which also housed the Kane County Sheriff’s Office firearms training range. 

The sheriff’s office abandoned that shooting range earlier this year when Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez said an analysis determined that flooding had left the range too contaminated by lead and mold to use.

The County Board since has approved funding to design a new shooting range at the new county jail.

Kane County Board member and Chairman of the Finance Committee John Hoscheit, R-St. Charles, said the demolition work is necessary.

“This is another project we’ve been wanting to get done for a number of years,” Hoscheit said.

County officials said the demolition work will be paid from the county’s Enterprise Surcharge Fund, a special account holding money collected in fees paid by garbage haulers who had dumped trash over decades at the adjacent Settler’s Hill landfill. That money is restricted by law from being spent on anything other than projects to rehabilitate the jail site and landfill property.

When this round of demolition work is completed, only three buildings will remain on the property, including the sheriff’s office’s diagnostics center, a fleet maintenance building and storage units.

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