Nick Spallone said it was just his good timing that brought him to Des Plaines city hall Tuesday to start the process of demolishing the burned out Ziebart building at 1215 Rand Road.
Des Plaines aldermen on Monday had given city staff the go-ahead to pursue demolition of the building in court.
Spallone, of Park Ridge, just bought the property several weeks ago and plans to build a Boardwalk Car Wash there this spring.
He applied for permits to demolish the old Ziebart building Tuesday.
"There's an angel on my shoulder," Spallone joked. "We're actually in the process of submitting plans for a car wash. …