post was originally published on September 7, 2005 in I Hate My
Developer 1.0

Assuming my condo association gets the loan; our back porch construction
timeline should look a little something like this:

Mid September to October 1st, 2005
loan is approved and the final bank paperwork gets signed off. We also
sign the contract with our porch vendor and put down a 20% deposit.

1st, 2005
The porch vendor starts the multi-step
demolition and construction permit process with DCAP (The Department of
Construction and Permits for the City of Chicago). They would also come
out and reinforce our current porches (for free might I add) so their
condition does not further deteriorate while waiting for the permits to
be granted.

February 14th, 2006
everything went smoothly---all of the drawings, blueprints and plans
have been accepted from the porch vendor. The permits to demolish our
old porches and construct new ones may be granted.

17th, 2006

Once again---assuming all goes well;
construction on the porches may start and hopefully be completed before

What's with the gaps of time? Why does it take so long?
Well friends, let me give you a basic primer (as I understand it) for
dealing with the bureaucracy that surrounds getting anything built in
the City of Chicago.

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