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Plans to Convert Downtown Church into Senior Housing to Face Opposition

An attorney for the Joliet law firm that owns a building next to the vacant St. Mary Carmelite Church calls the remodeling expense a waste of taxpayer money.

Plans to convert the vacant St. Mary Carmelite Church into housing for low-income seniors is an “obscene” waste of taxpayer money, according to attorney Richard Kavanagh.

Kavanagh, whose law firm owns the building next to the 113 Ottawa St. church, will attend Monday's City Council meeting to oppose the project, which has been projected to cost about $22 million and create 40 apartments, according to a story in the Joliet Herald-News.

“Why do you think federal tax dollars should be used to subsidize 40 apartment units when you could build 200 of them someplace else for the same money,” Kavanagh told the paper.

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Our Town July 15, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Is this just the representative of the "Party of No"? Or is this a case of "Not in my backyard"? This property has been for sale for nearly 20 years. Mr. Kavanagh could have purchased it and determined it's future use long before now.
Ray July 16, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Dick Kavanagh is the Mike Madigan of Will County. He has too much influence and is too big a part of the problem and no part of the solution.
maggie primiano July 17, 2012 at 08:17 PM
In a continuing recession, it would be smart to use money wisely-this has nothing to do with Republicans against Democrats but what is the best use of a church no longer in use. Do some research-how many of these continue to be rented when the taxpayers run out of money? The Feds are really good at spending everyone else's hard earned dollars. There is a senior center being built by the Feds already between Lockport and downtown Joliet. Why does there need to be a 2nd one? Overburdened taxpayer and tired of it.

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