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Joliet Junior College in Illinois plans 10-story, modernistic building to make room for hundreds of new students

The Homer Sun
Downtown Joliet would be a changed place if Joliet Junior College moves forward with its plans for a 10-story, modernistic building that would make room for hundreds of new students.

One preservationist likened the JJC plan to the redesign of Soldier Field, combining the old with the new with dubious aesthetic results.

Others, however, see the plan as a way to inject new life downtown and create an architectural diversity that ultimately will bring more business to the area.

"Sometimes you have to sacrifice things for the future," City Councilman Thomas Giarrante said as he voted for the JJC concept plan that includes demolition of the old White Store.

The council vote Monday gives JJC a green light to move ahead with downtown campus redevelopment. College officials noted that the final product may not turn out just like the current conceptual drawings, which show a 150,000-square-foot building that rises above Chicago Street and shines with bright lights at night.
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