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A decade after it closed, the abandoned Burger King property on Howard Street is to be the subject of a court hearing Monday — and aldermen on both sides of Howard are organizing a bus to help neighbors attend.

Evanston Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, and Chicago Alderman Joe Moore, 49th Ward, have long complained about the property at 2319-21 W. Howard..

DNAInfo recaps the situation, recalling that Vincent Rizzo, who bought the property in 2011, had won a zoning change to turn the property into a Penski Truck rental location.

But after nothing came of that plan, Moore change the zoning back the next year.

Rainey had voiced concerns about the truck rental use.

Moore says Rizzo has “continued to neglect the property and rejected numerous good-faith offers” to buy it in the years since.

The Monday hearing, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 1103 of the Daley Center, is to deal with a number of code violations that have gone uncorrected since last spring.


Update 4 p.m.: Alderman Rainey says the bus will leave from the former Burger King site at 8 a.m. Monday. Anyone planning to go should RSVP to her at arainey@cityofevanston.org.

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Abandoned Burger King on Howard Street draws the wrath of 3 aldermen (DNAInfo.com)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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