Brandenburg applied for an asbestos abatement permit with Cook County. The permit process takes ten days. The asbestos abatement should last about a week before demolition begins.
The Commission on Chicago Landmarks voted a second time last month to not grant final landmark status to Historic Prentice. Northwestern has long argued they needed to tear down the building to build a state of the art biomedical research facility. Preservationists argued the current structure could be adapted to fit the university’s needs.
The Landmarks Commission’s second vote was precipitated by a court ruling that sided with their original vote, but a judge said the way they came to their decision was not transparent.