Work to start this week at former Dobyn's House site

McHENRY – The demolition of the wooden broadwalk and piers at the vacant Dobyn's House site will start next week, a deputy city administrator said.

The McHenry City Council awarded the project to Shoreline Creations of Wonder Lake, the low bidder at $12,200, at its last meeting.

Two of the three bids came in below the $20,000 that the project was estimated to cost, according to council documents.

It will take about two weeks for the work to be completed, Deputy City Administrator Bill Hobson said. The goal is to have the site open to the public by the city's Sidewalk Sales Day on July 20.

"We hope to have a nice clean site where people can walk down to the point and enjoy the river," Hobson said.

The city eventually hopes to sell the property, located at 1202 N. Riverside Drive, which it bought for $550,000 from the Charles J. Miller family trust in October. The property has sat vacant since a 2009 fire destroyed the landmark building and the restaurant it housed.

City staff had – at the request of the Riverwalk Foundation – looked into salvaging the broadwalk and piers. After having a contractor take a look, staff decided that with the switch from private to public, the improvements would have to be significant and weren't financially feasible, Hobson said.

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