FREEPORT (WIFR) -- Save city hall. That's the message from a local community in its fight to preserve a historic downtown building.
Freeport residents met publicly for the first time this evening to discuss what steps they feel are needed to take in order to preserve the 113-year old city hall building.
Community members plan to meet with the Illinois historical preservation society on December 13 to discuss what steps need to be taken to make sure it will not be demolished.
"I’ve lived in downtown Freeport for 25 years, seeing the ups and downs. I really think that preserving city hall will help preserve the history and the quality of downtown Freeport”, says Freeport resident Brenda Meyers.
The building will be vacant at the end of the month. Freeport is temporarily moving city operations to 524 West Stephenson, after months of debate in city council.