The City of Joliet legally owns and has possession of Evergreen Terrace. The housing project has been in legal limo for years. Joliet began the process in 2005 to condemn Evergreen Terrace. In 2015, Joliet bought the complex for 15 million dollars but the owners appealed. The city had been waiting to hear from the Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD to close on the deal. Joliet received that approval on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017.
In August of 2015, the Joliet CIty Council voted 7 to 1 to purchase the Evergreen Terrace Housing Complex. Mayor Bob O’Dekirk did not have to cast a vote. Councilman Larry Hug voted “no,” stating that the financial burden on Joliet will be way too much. He said that years from now, when people are asking ‘why aren’t there more police officers’ and ‘why aren’t there more snowplows,’ the answer will be ‘because the money’s at Evergreen Terrace.”
The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development had discouraged Joliet from doing anything at Evergreen Terrace, until the 18 to 24 month appeal process window is up for the Evergreen Terrace owners. The appeal process is now over and Joliet officially owns Evergreen Terrace.