The site at 1111 E. Capitol Dr. soon will be a nearly clean slate for prospective developers, as Shorewood plans to raze the building on the lot by June.
The Village Board Monday approved a $60,100 contract with Advanced Restoration to demolish the former Riverbrook Restaurant, a boarded-up and abandoned building that greets drivers as they enter Shorewood on its western border.
The work will include building demolition, full removal of the basement, and restoration (topsoil and seed) of the area in the immediate vicinity of the buildings. An alternate bid that included stripping out and seeding the parking lot would have added an additional $35,000 to the demolition cost.
The village has already — up to $60,000 — to raze the old Riverbrook Restaurant.
It plans to recoup the cost to raze the building through a special assessment on the owner Sunrise Shorewood WI Senior Living's tax bill, according to an agreement approved by the Village Board late February.
Sunrise bought the property from the restaurant owners with plans to redevelop the site into a $16 million senior facility, but abandoned those plans due to the recession.
Sigma Engineering was tasked with preparing the bid and doing some pre-demolition work under a $5,000 contract awarded in November last year.
The site also was the former home of the popular Pig 'n Whistle, until it became Riverbrook Restaurant in 1992.