WBEZ | bridgeport fire http://www.wbez.org/tags/bridgeport-fire Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en How many vacant buildings are there in Chicago? http://www.wbez.org/news/how-many-vacant-buildings-are-there-chicago-105159 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/flickr_ropesack_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Earlier this week, there was as a massive fire at an abandoned warehouse at 3757 S. Ashland Ave. in Bridgeport.</p><p>It was <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-demolition-begins-on-bridgeport-warehouse-gutted-by-blaze-20130125,0,85993.story">five-alarm</a> (the worst in seven years), the building&#39;s now being demolished, even though it&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/LEEBEY/status/294926680353546241" target="_blank">still smoldering</a>, and still <a href="http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=bridgeportfireice">looks like an ice palace</a>.</p><p>But it begs an even bigger question: how many abandoned industrial buildings are out there?</p><p>The short answer: no one knows. But it&#39;s not as simple as that.</p><p>The City of Chicago requires owners of buildings that are vacant more than 30 days to <a href="https://ipiweb.cityofchicago.org/VBR/">register</a> with the city. It&#39;s supposed to be updated every six months, and there are fines for not complying.</p><p>In the case of the Bridgeport warehouse, reports have now surfaced <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130124/bridgeport/inferno-warehouse-owned-by-jailed-developer">its owner is actually in jail</a> for attempting to bribe an alderman. There were also numerous violations, including a previous fire, at that location.</p><p>The city says it doesn&#39;t have a list or know precisely how many vacant commercial properties are out there, but there is at least one clue that we can get from parsing 311 complaints about vacant properties.</p><p>Between 2010 and this morning, there were more than 35,000 calls from people who specifically filed complaints about vacant properties.</p><p>Here&#39;s <a href="http://chicagobuildings.org/">a great map</a> that parses that data by neighborhood. Those calls translated to about 24,000 properties.</p><p>You can file your own complaint about vacant properties <a href="https://servicerequest.cityofchicago.org/web_intake_chic/Controller?op=locform&amp;invSRType=BBK&amp;invSRDesc=Vacant/Abandoned%20Building&amp;locreq=Y&amp;stnumreqd=Y">here</a>. You can look up individual properties, and see if they&#39;re registered and have had other complaints, <a href="https://ipiweb.cityofchicago.org/VBR/">here</a>.</p><p><em>Shawn Allee contributed to this report. </em></p><div><p style="margin-bottom:3px"><a href="https://data.cityofchicago.org/Buildings/3757-S-Ashland-Building-Violations/4jxf-mbv6" style="font-size:12px;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;color:#333333;font-family:arial;" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a><a href="https://data.cityofchicago.org/Buildings/3757-S-Ashland-Building-Violations/4jxf-mbv6" style="font-size:12px;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;color:#333333;font-family:arial;" target="_blank">Building </a><a href="https://data.cityofchicago.org/Buildings/3757-S-Ashland-Building-Violations/4jxf-mbv6" style="font-size:12px;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;color:#333333;font-family:arial;" target="_blank">Violations at the site of the fire (</a><a href="https://data.cityofchicago.org/Buildings/3757-S-Ashland-Building-Violations/4jxf-mbv6" style="font-size:12px;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;color:#333333;font-family:arial;" target="_blank">3757 S. Ashland</a>)</p><iframe frameborder="0" height="500px" scrolling="no" src="https://data.cityofchicago.org/w/4jxf-mbv6/3q3f-6823?cur=0YxMtyXGgDj&amp;from=root" title="3757 S. Ashland Building Violations" width="620px">&amp;amp;amp;lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&amp;amp;amp;quot;https://data.cityofchicago.org/Buildings/3757-S-Ashland-Building-Violations/4jxf-mbv6&amp;amp;amp;quot; href=&amp;amp;amp;quot;https://data.cityofchicago.org/Buildings/3757-S-Ashland-Building-Violations/4jxf-mbv6&amp;amp;amp;quot; title=&amp;amp;amp;quot;3757 S. Ashland Building Violations&amp;amp;amp;quot; target=&amp;amp;amp;quot;_blank&amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;gt;3757 S. Ashland Building Violations&amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe><p><a href="http://www.socrata.com/" target="_blank">Powered by Socrata</a></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/how-many-vacant-buildings-are-there-chicago-105159