At an emergency hearing Sept. 28, 2023, the City of St. Charles requested and was granted an Emergency Petition for Appointment of Receiver of the site of the former Pheasant Run Property. This action paves the way for demolition of the buildings remaining on the site.
The receiver, Great Lakes Property Services LLC, is now authorized to take immediate possession of the property, erect a security fence around the perimeter of the property, undertake an environmental evaluation of the buildings and site, and obtain bids for demolition of the buildings.
The receiver will obtain bids for the demolition of the buildings and present those bids to the court at a hearing scheduled for October 12, 2023. All costs associated with the receivership will be paid for by the building owner, Saint Charles Resort, LLC, out of Miami Beach, Fla.
“I am extremely pleased with the outcome of the hearing,” said St. Charles Mayor Lora Vitek. “Demolition of the remaining structures is the best course of action to ensure public safety. This has been a long time coming. We have been pressing the property owner to remedy the deficient safety and security conditions at the site for some time. However, the owner’s efforts have not produced sufficient results, resulting in the City seeking court intervention. The court’s decision this morning to authorize demolition validated that this is the right move.”
Vandals accessing the site resulted in a large structure fire that destroyed parts of the former Pheasant Run property in May 2022. A second structure fire occurred at the site on Aug. 19, 2023.