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Two historic State Street high-rises were seized by the Federal government in 2005 to expand their office holdings and create a security buffer around access points to the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse.

(Updated March 7, 2024) At issue are claims that re-occupying the Century and Consumers buildings poses unacceptable security risks to daily users of the neighboring Courthouse. The situation is coming to a head because Congress has passed a $52 million earmark for building demolition. There are reuse options that address these risks, however.

CAC supports a compromise that spares Century and Consumers the wrecking ball, avoiding the most high-profile downtown demolitions in years and the accompanying economic and environmental harms.