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City Preservation Awards Cancelled Due To Lacking Options

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 224

Members of the Galesburg Landmark Commission have been unable to find houses worthy of recognition for what is typically an annual ceremony.

The group has been searching for several months for historic houses with the owner taking steps toward preserving the structure’s historic nature. Last year, three homeowners were honored for their efforts, but this year, unfinished projects have made decisions difficult in favor of any awards.

Landmark Commission Chair Paul Stewart says there are some options that have renovations in progress.

“Since we like to see projects actually completed before we give awards, I guess our only option is to be looking all year long,” says Stewart.

Commenting on the Galesburg City Council’s efforts to improve the housing stock, the Landmark Commission says they would encourage strong incentives for restoration. Stewart says rehabilitation should be at the top of the list of City Council’s concerns.

“There are a lot of houses that falls into deterioration and there is not, in my estimation, effective code enforcement and rather than do more of it, they’ve dismantled that department and reduced it to two people,” says Stewart.

The group says that, in the future, selecting homes to receive recognition may become increasingly difficult.