It will cost $168,685 to demolish the former Brookfield United Methodist Church building at 3541 Park Ave. At a special meeting on May 29 the Brookfield Public Library Board of Trustees awarded the contract to demolish the church that it purchased last year to Langos Corp. of Barrington Hills.
“They were the winning, lowest bid,” said Library Director Kimberly Coughran.
The library received eight bids to demolish the church, but two bids were non-responsive, Coughran said.
The church will be demolished sometime this summer. Eventually the library board hopes to build a new library on the land where the church now stands. But, for now, after the church is demolished the land will sit empty.
After demolishing the church, the demolition contractor will fill in the land and seed the ground. How the land is used in the short term after the demolition has yet to be decided, but the library plans to use the land for special occasions.
“We hope to use the land next year for the library’s centennial celebration,” Coughran said.
The library purchased the church building, which has stood on the corner of Park and Lincoln avenues since 1922, for $589,185 last November.