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What Should Go Here? The Old TCF Bank Building at 95th and Pulaski

Now that TCF and the Evergreen Park Chamber have left the faux-Colonial building, what to do with it?

I have always thought the building on the northeast corner of 95th Street and Pulaski Road is one of the coolest buildings in suburbs. Now it's essentially empty. TCF Bank and the have moved out. The building's future is uncertain.

I don't know what sort of condition it's in – whether it needs significant restoration or whether it's even worth saving. It would be a shame to lose it, though. It's by far the best building at that intersection. And by "best" I mean most interesting, most architecturally relevant and classiest. If it were go be knocked down, I fear a corner Walgreen's with a parking lot in front, or something worse, would take its place.

This is a major gateway into Evergreen Park, and as such it's a chance to announce to people "You're in Evergreen Park." We have a sign that does that, but architecture can do that, as well.

So, what about it? What should either go into this building or go on the lot if the building goes away?

Nancy Prior August 31, 2012 at 05:04 PM
This is sickening!!! What exactly is happening to Evergreen Park----or should we now call it "Evergreen Parking LOT"? I grew up in EP when people helped each other and Mayor Vacco genuinely cared about the business owners! My parent's have owned the old "Nail Spa" building since 1969. Mayor Sexton threatened my dad - a 78 year old WWII Disabled Veteran, to sell his building! (Sadly, my dad passed away four (4) months after the meeting with Mayor Sexton). The Mayor's plan was to knock my parent's building down for "Parking" for the Oberweis strip mall. What property taxes or sales tax does a parking lot generate? And do you really want another parking lot at the heart of EP? Nail Spa was a disgusting dirty tenant and I was ashamed to even tell anyone we owned the building, but NOW - I invite anyone to come inside - I'll show you the 12 inch thick walls and the original tin ceiling and crown molding since 1922 when the building was built. I have waited a lifetime to expose the tin ceiling and I can honestly say - It looks beautiful !!!
Nancy Prior August 31, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I came back to EP to help my mom and I have been fighting with the Mayor for nineteen (19) months trying to open - The Red Poppy Nail Salon, LLC. (In honor to my dad). I want to hire Vets - I would bend over backwards to accommodate a wounded warrior. I worked on Michigan Avenue - I want the woman and men of EP to have a great clean place to come to. Mayor Sexton is turning my "American Dream" into a nightmare! Come on Evergreen Parkers--------let's take back our town - let's stop complaining on the Patch and DO SOMETHING!!! Chris Clair - when is the next town meeting?
Helen Cuprisin August 31, 2012 at 06:16 PM
It would be a shame to knock down an architecturally interesting building to be replaced with an uninspiring four walls encompassing another uninspiring business. Developers are looking to make money, rather than inspire residents. Anyone who has lived in EP for many years misses all the great stores that were once in EP. The former TCF building could house some businesses that could excite people with unique shopping choices. Let's find a developer with an imagination!
Nancy Prior August 31, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Helen I totally agree. The roof alone on the TCF building is a work of art! People need to go drive thru Elmhurst, La Grange, Hinsdale and St. Charles - the little interesting shops are all in buildings that are "OLD" and beautifully maintained. The sidewalk's have chairs & tables for outdoor cafes and there are always people sitting in the chairs when I drive by - they are spending their money supporting the local business owners. Why is everything In EP becoming one story strip malls? Why can't people build UP? Maybe other Entrepreneur's would come to EP to open businesses if the red tape wasn't like living in Russia and the Building Department / Inspectors stopped yelling at people when you ask a question!
Nancy Prior August 31, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Helen, do people realize it was YOU that fought to get recycling in EP? The key word here is FIGHT! Evergreen Parkers need to care enough to FIGHT for something.......stop settling for the crumbs that the Village Hall is throwing you! Demand more! My dad and other good men like him FOUGHT for Freedom so that we could / would have the Right to demand better. Let the people of EP find a Developer. Let's find someone with an imagination. Geez, let's stop already with the cookie cutter shoebox strip malls--------enough already!!!
Laura Freeman September 01, 2012 at 04:08 PM
As a resident and a realtor in Evergreen Park, I would be very saddened to see that beautiful building disappear. Evergreen Park is a charming community and this building definitely makes a statement when entering the community. Losing this building to a Walgreens or, worse, a McDonald's would be a huge disappointment. Wouldn't this builiding be a great restaurant with the potential for outdoor dining? Or an event center for weddings, community gatherings. Conversion to office condos for doctors (it is centrally located between two major hospitals). There are so many other options to consider.
Thomas M. Lyons September 01, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I have two questions. Who owns the building and who would be the best local realtor to take up the cause of insuring that the building is preserved and has a worthy use here on out. Getting these two parties together should be pursued asap before some business deal gets set and we only here it as news after the fact.
Nancy Prior September 01, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Thomas, your questions are good. What a shame - we are hearing about this building now after it's vacant!
EP Lover September 05, 2012 at 01:59 AM
I am a big believer in Mayor Sexton. Whatever he thinks should go there I support 100%. If he wants a Family Dollar or AmeriCash to go there, then we should listen to him.
Marlo Carrano September 05, 2012 at 06:52 PM
No more parking lots or fast food on 95th Street! I think it should stay like it is & make it a "colonial" restaurant with homemade cooking :)

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