A lonely single family dwelling situated between two parking lots at 141 Harlem Ave. is destined for the wrecking ball this month, said a spokesman for Forest Park Baptist Church, which bought the property, along with two other houses on either side. The other two houses are gone and parking lots currently abut the green house, built in 1899, which is wrapped by orange construction barricade material.

“The first stage was to build a parking lot – next to the car wash,” said Sean Blaylock, a member of the church’s building committee. “Then the church constructed a new [South] entrance in the second [north] lot. Our goal for the middle lot is to build out classrooms,” he said. Blaylock said the church got demolition permits last November, but hiring the construction firm, turning off utilities and nailing down other details has delayed the tear-down.

Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...