Freeport Citizens Fighting to Preserve City Hall

By: Stephen Johnson
By: Stephen Johnson

Freeport citizens’ mission to save their 113-year old City Hall building continued tonight and it may not be long until it becomes historically preserved.

Residents packed the Freeport Public Library to learn what options their community has to save the old city hall building. Members of Illinois’s historic Preservation agency say the building is eligible to be listed on the state's historical registry and the community should look at the building as an asset to invest in, helping preserve the downtown district.

"We think this is a building that can last for centuries and it's already proven that it can last a century. There's no question it can last longer than that but it's going to take time and money in that investment to make that happen”, says Manager of Illinois Preservation Services, Mike Jackson.

If preserved, it would take approximately nine months to rehabilitate City Hall.

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  • by Whistler on Dec 14, 2011 at 08:06 PM
    Let these lunatics have the building! The city needs to deed the property over to this group and give them 5 years to turn it into a safe/useful building or it will be torn down at THEIR expense, not the taxpayers. I am sick and tired of this "old" way of thinking. They do not have a clue as to how to bring industry back into a failing city. Do you really think ANY business would want to open a factory in this town with all these old dilapidated buildings around town?!
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