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Plumber seeks city help with building

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600-hartrey-file-090923.jpgThe Evanston Economic Development Committee is scheduled to vote tonight on a request to provide $32,000 in city funds to help a local plumbing business renovate its building.

Rudy Peters, owner of The Mechanical Group, Inc., located at 600 Hartrey Ave., says his building needs nearly $96,000 in facade improvement work, in part to repair problems noted in a recent property standards inspection of the property.

The city’s economic development planner, Morris Robinson, says the building was in a deteriorated condition when Peters purchased it in 1999 and moved his business, then known as American Eagle Service Company, to Evanston from Skokie.

Robinson says Peters has since invested over $100,000 to improve the property, which generates about $60,000 a year in real estate taxes and currently employs six plumbers.


600-hartrey-file-090923.jpgThe Evanston Economic Development Committee is scheduled to vote tonight on a request to provide $32,000 in city funds to help a local plumbing business renovate its building.

Rudy Peters, owner of The Mechanical Group, Inc., located at 600 Hartrey Ave., says his building needs nearly $96,000 in facade improvement work, in part to repair problems noted in a recent property standards inspection of the property.

The city’s economic development planner, Morris Robinson, says the building was in a deteriorated condition when Peters purchased it in 1999 and moved his business, then known as American Eagle Service Company, to Evanston from Skokie.

Robinson says Peters has since invested over $100,000 to improve the property, which generates about $60,000 a year in real estate taxes and currently employs six plumbers.

The city staff is recommending approval of the funding request. If the committee votes in favor of it, the request will go to the City Council for final action.

Above: 600 Hartrey Ave. in a 2000 Cook County Assessor’s office photo.

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