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BREAKING: End of an Era? Future of Oswego's Dairy Hut in doubt

Official says village has not yet received a demolition permit application

Oswego landmark Dairy Hut ice cream stand sits inside of construction fencing encircling the half-acre property and the neighboring space purchased by Imperial Investments, LLC. of Yorkville.
Oswego landmark Dairy Hut ice cream stand sits inside of construction fencing encircling the half-acre property and the neighboring space purchased by Imperial Investments, LLC. of Yorkville.

UPATED AT 3:19 P.M. TUESDAY, SEPT. 10

The future of a landmark soft serve ice cream stand in downtown Oswego is in doubt.

Oswego Village Administrator Daniel DiSanto confirmed that the Dairy Hut property at 121 South Main Street was sold in August to Yorkville-based company Imperial Investments, LLC for $290,000.

Mike Mann, director of development for Imperial Investments, said Tuesday, Sept. 10 that plans for the property are currently in development and that more information would be made available in the coming week.

Imperial Investments is the same company that purchased the neighboring vacant lot at 113 Main Street which once served as the site of Village Hall.

Village and Imperial Investment officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 4 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 11, on the former Village Hall site for a three-story commercial and office building.

However, construction fencing has been installed along the perimeter of both the Dairy Hut and former village hall lots.

Village staff advised the Oswego Ledger to file a Freedom of Information Act request Tuesday morning when asked if a demolition permit had been taken out for the Dairy Hut building. DiSanto said Tuesday afternoon that the village has not received a demolition permit application or issued a demolition permit for the Dairy Hut building.

Dairy Hut has been a summertime favorite for ice cream fans of all ages since it opened as the Dari Boat in 1962. The ice cream stand closed, possibly for the last time, in August.

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