City seeks to demolish Englewood building where 9 children were found

For nearly four years, the city of Chicago has threatened to tear down a two-story home in Englewood owned by relatives of former 16th Ward Ald. Shirley Coleman because of repeated complaints and failed inspections.

But the building in the 900 block of West 59th Street was still up and housing families when police found nine children unattended and living in filthy and unsafe conditions last weekend, authorities said.

City officials say they will be back in court Thursday to again press for demolition of the building owned by the Rev. David Coleman and his daughter, 16th Ward Democratic committeeman Stephanie Coleman.

David Coleman is the ex-husband of the former alderman and Stephanie is her daughter. The Buildings Department said in a statement that it has “diligently worked” with them to repair the home and save it from demolition “with no results.”

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