Residents Band Together to Save Freeport City Hall

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.

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  • by whistler on Nov 15, 2011 at 03:13 AM
    I have an idea. If you think the city hall building is so great then why doesn't your little group of "No Forward Thinking" get together and agree to take the building over. The city will donate it to you for two years. If at the end of two years you have not made all the necessary upgrades then it gets torn down. This is NOT a historical building. It is an OLD building made out of sand stone. Which, by the way, came from the same places your head is stuck in. Get with the 21st century. This building isn't HISTORICAL-It is OLD.
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