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  • Brand Brewing administration building

Several local preservation groups have been working for the past couple of months to try to save a 19th-century building complex on the 2500 block of North Elston, former home of the long-defunct Brand Brewing, from demolition. Key Development Partners LLC bought the complex earlier this year and applied for a demolition permit, which has been on hold by the City of Chicago since the end of August. On Monday, the city released the permit from its hold list, which means that the buildings can now legally be destroyed. That doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the structures, though: in a community meeting on November 21, Alderman Joe Moreno pledged to block the zoning changes necessary for new construction until a solution is reached.