The potholes in the Buffalo Grove Town Center parking lot are so bad, say village officials, that the village of Buffalo Grove has threatened to drag the center into housing court if they don't get fixed.
The village of Buffalo Grove has issued the Town Center a citation over the potholes, and a housing court hearing will be held May 6 unless the holes are repaired sooner.
"There are potholes throughout the rear drive, coming in off Lake-Cook," said Deputy Building Commissioner Brian Sheehan. "It's pretty bad."
Sheehan said he hopes the citation will spur the Town Center to action, even if it means putting in temporary patches.
Tim Donohue, of the Town Center's property manager, CTK Asset Services, based in Chicago, would not comment, other than to say that management has been filling potholes at the center for several days.
Sheehan, in email correspondence to Donohue on March 12, wrote that the village's property maintenance inspector "has contacted you concerning these same potholes going back several weeks. At this time, the village is requesting that these road hazards be mitigated immediately."
In an email correspondence, also on March 12, Donohue wrote Sheehan that he is aware of the situation, adding, "We had a crew at BGTC a couple of days ago filling in potholes around the center. They ran through a full truck of cold patch. I am working on another time to get them out to patch other areas in and around the center. I do not have a timeline to provide for that specific hole but we will get to it as soon as our situation allows."
How bad are things? Sheehan said there is one pothole that had two hubcaps right next to it.
"The ones coming off Lake-Cook on that main bridge? You can see the rebar," he added.
If it goes to housing court, the judge has an option of fining the center $500 per day for each day of a violation, Sheehan said.
The village has received at least one email complaint, which read: "Driving in to the post office, is a nightmare, as is driving itself on Route 83. These potholes have been there at least a month so I believe it's time to get rid of them."