Tuesday, 24 May 2022 15:56

Committee Recommends Danville, IL, Purchase Burned Down Auto Body Property

Written by Jennifer Bailey, Commercial-News

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The Danville, IL, City Council’s Public Works Committee recommended purchasing a former auto body shop property on South Gilbert Street where a burned structure has been sitting.

City officials chose not to spend years going after the owner through court to get the fire-damaged building torn down. City officials said there was no insurance to tear down the building.


Instead, the committee on May 10 recommended purchasing 7 and 11 E. Second St. for $45,000 from Richard L. Speich of Potomac. The full city council was to act on the purchase the following week.


Danville Community Development Administrator Logan Cronk said there are three lots south of Long John Silver’s, where Rucker’s Auto Body Shop burned down. The intent is to get the site cleaned and get rid of two blighted garages as well on the lots, he said.


The lots will be bundled with another blighted house to the north that is going to the Vermilion County Trustee this summer, in addition to the city working on another lot to the west.


Cronk said the concrete pad there also is owned by a land holding company he’s trying to contact.


The parcels will be put together for a developable lot on South Gilbert Street, city officials said.


“I get tired of the city cleaning up everyone else’s problem,” said alderman Mike O’Kane.


Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. said he’d rather have a new business there paying property and sales taxes.


Williams added the city could put a lien on the property but also pay $80,000 to $90,000 in an asking price. This will cost the city $5,000 to $6,000 to take the debris to the dump, he said.


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