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RE: Bye Bye Strip Mall on Hillcrest
The city of DeKalb bought the theater and the entire Jungle/La Salsa buildings. The city has worked with all on relocation. All are scheduled for demolition and, the city is working with a broad Annie Glidden North (with significant NIU involvement) group to determine the best use of the land.

In addition, there are new owners for Lincoln Tower, Tri-Frat and 808 Ridge areas, Hunter Properties (400 units). Properties closed within the last few weeks.
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03-22-2022 07:59 PM
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RE: Bye Bye Strip Mall on Hillcrest
(03-22-2022 07:51 PM)ChicagoHuskie Wrote:  The Movie theatre was torn down in the last year or two. I was happy to see it torn down as it really looked bad just sitting there for years. The Jungle was definitely in the mall that is being torn down in the far west corner. The place that was protected from the riots is called Mike's Smoke and Food and is the old spot where the Jungle Liquor store was next to the bar Jungle. The Round the Clock diner is now a liquor store called Thirsty's.

I hope tearing the mall down is a sign of better times in the Greek Row area. As a father of three kids who have lived in Greek Row recently (including one now) it is definitely in need of an overall. The area is rough for sure, and definitely need to clear out the tough crowd for it to ultimately improve. It other threads I have said it, but it is true... the Greek Row area single handedly brings down the entire university. Without this area improving, NIU traction for improved image and enrollment will be stuck in the mud spinning. It really is that simple.

The city needs to guarantee no liquor stores, tobacco stores or dollar stores are ever in that area.
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Bye Bye Strip Mall on Hillcrest
What businesses would you put there when you have the same scum living in that area? No matter what you put there will be subject to criminal activities. The first priority should be to clean the scum from the area.
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RE: Bye Bye Strip Mall on Hillcrest
(03-22-2022 08:18 PM)Dog Fan Wrote:  What businesses would you put there when you have the same scum living in that area? No matter what you put there will be subject to criminal activities. The first priority should be to clean the scum from the area.

A Walgreens/CVS or a bank. Can't have too many of those.
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(03-22-2022 08:51 PM)HUSKIEFOOTBALLFAN Wrote:  
(03-22-2022 08:18 PM)Dog Fan Wrote:  What businesses would you put there when you have the same scum living in that area? No matter what you put there will be subject to criminal activities. The first priority should be to clean the scum from the area.

A Walgreens/CVS or a bank. Can't have too many of those.


Absolutely perfect for armed robbery. Hear about what happened at the Walgreens in Sycamore?
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RE: Bye Bye Strip Mall on Hillcrest
(03-22-2022 08:18 PM)Dog Fan Wrote:  What businesses would you put there when you have the same scum living in that area? No matter what you put there will be subject to criminal activities. The first priority should be to clean the scum from the area.

Maybe a sex shoppe?03-cloud9
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(03-22-2022 09:01 PM)holybovine Wrote:  
(03-22-2022 08:18 PM)Dog Fan Wrote:  What businesses would you put there when you have the same scum living in that area? No matter what you put there will be subject to criminal activities. The first priority should be to clean the scum from the area.

Maybe a sex shoppe?03-cloud9


Now there you may have something!! I may yet realize my dream of opening the Grotto West! I’m sure I would do a huge business there. I would even double my stock of pocket rockets when Toledo comes to town and horse prods when WMU comes to town!
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RE: Bye Bye Strip Mall on Hillcrest
(03-22-2022 08:18 PM)Dog Fan Wrote:  What businesses would you put there when you have the same scum living in that area? No matter what you put there will be subject to criminal activities. The first priority should be to clean the scum from the area.

How about a police station?
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(03-22-2022 09:13 PM)NIU75 Wrote:  
(03-22-2022 08:18 PM)Dog Fan Wrote:  What businesses would you put there when you have the same scum living in that area? No matter what you put there will be subject to criminal activities. The first priority should be to clean the scum from the area.

How about a police station?


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RE: Bye Bye Strip Mall on Hillcrest
Jungle historical marker in the works, more news to follow.
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(03-22-2022 09:12 PM)Dog Fan Wrote:  
(03-22-2022 09:01 PM)holybovine Wrote:  
(03-22-2022 08:18 PM)Dog Fan Wrote:  What businesses would you put there when you have the same scum living in that area? No matter what you put there will be subject to criminal activities. The first priority should be to clean the scum from the area.

Maybe a sex shoppe?03-cloud9


Now there you may have something!! I may yet realize my dream of opening the Grotto West! I’m sure I would do a huge business there. I would even double my stock of pocket rockets when Toledo comes to town and horse prods when WMU comes to town!

Horse prods…

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RE: Bye Bye Strip Mall on Hillcrest
Great place to put up campus police security satellite offices.
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(03-25-2022 06:05 PM)HUSKiESbelieve Wrote:  Great place to put up campus police security satellite offices.

Would that even be legal?

I'm assuming that's outside of their jurisdiction and would violate something if they put up shop there and started patrolling the area.
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RE: Bye Bye Strip Mall on Hillcrest
(03-25-2022 06:30 PM)Big Red Wrote:  
(03-25-2022 06:05 PM)HUSKiESbelieve Wrote:  Great place to put up campus police security satellite offices.

Would that even be legal?

I'm assuming that's outside of their jurisdiction and would violate something if they put up shop there and started patrolling the area.

NIU PD already patrols the entire north area off campus and has set up the nursing building as a satellite police station. Something about them being licensed through the state gives them jurisdiction pretty much wherever they want. The whole north area is crawling with cops from NIU and dekalb during the night and it’s never enough.
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RE: Bye Bye Strip Mall on Hillcrest
(03-22-2022 08:18 PM)Dog Fan Wrote:  What businesses would you put there when you have the same scum living in that area? No matter what you put there will be subject to criminal activities. The first priority should be to clean the scum from the area.

Chico's Bail Bonds. Maybe they can be a sponsor of the Huskies like they were a sponsor of the Bad News Bears. Imagine the NIL deals!!!
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(03-25-2022 10:51 PM)The Huskie Wrote:  
(03-22-2022 08:18 PM)Dog Fan Wrote:  What businesses would you put there when you have the same scum living in that area? No matter what you put there will be subject to criminal activities. The first priority should be to clean the scum from the area.

Chico's Bail Bonds. Maybe they can be a sponsor of the Huskies like they were a sponsor of the Bad News Bears. Imagine the NIL deals!!!

Da Kine Bail Bonds in Hawaii closed, maybe Dog could relocate there.
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RE: Bye Bye Strip Mall on Hillcrest
Going back to late 70s on this one, but was it the Jungle or Red Lion first?
Used to enjoy listening to the Real Rick McDowell band there.
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(03-26-2022 11:01 PM)acolbert Wrote:  Going back to late 70s on this one, but was it the Jungle or Red Lion first?
Used to enjoy listening to the Real Rick McDowell band there.

Red Lion.
Great venue for bands with two levels.

Not sure what year it was renamed The Jungle.
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If we’re talking 1970s, wasn’t it the III Kings?
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RE: Bye Bye Strip Mall on Hillcrest
(03-27-2022 08:16 AM)thxjoenovak Wrote:  
(03-26-2022 11:01 PM)acolbert Wrote:  Going back to late 70s on this one, but was it the Jungle or Red Lion first?
Used to enjoy listening to the Real Rick McDowell band there.

Red Lion.
Great venue for bands with two levels.

Not sure what year it was renamed The Jungle.

Man, sounds like you guys had cooler bars back then
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