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ARCHES meets Monday

3 May 2008 RS 4 Comments

Advocates to Revitalize Cultural and Historic Elgin Sites (ARCHES) is holding its inaugural meeting Monday at 6:30 at the Gail Borden Public Library.

The idea came about a few years ago when members of the Northeast Neighborhood Association rallied to save — for now — the former D.C. Cook Communications building on North Grove Avenue from demolition to make way for a condominium development.

ARCHES members want to serve as a resource for others if a similar scenario surfaces.

Betsy Couture, an ARCHES member who also is a member of Elgin’s Heritage Commission, said neighborhood anchors could include buildings, parks and even things like the west side Kline farm stand, which grew out of an old diner…

At Monday’s meeting, people will brainstorm ideas. Eric Pepa, an architect and heritage commission member, will speak about the reuse of older buildings….

Residents were encouraged to call (847) 742-2857 or e-mail mikonins@aol.com with questions. (Daily Herald Herald 5/3/08)

Sounds promising.

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  1. Paula says:

    I’m sorry I was not able to attend that meeting. I live in the Northeast Neighborhood and I loved that idea you wrote about pitching an idea to Judson College to use it for an arts center

  2. RS says:

    I didn’t make it either.

    If anybody else reading this went, let us know what happened!

  3. Rich says:

    Ed Schock is speaking on “Elgin Preservation: Past, Present and Future” at the Elgin History Museum (Old Main on Park Steet) on Thursday, May 15 at 12 noon.

  4. RS says:

    Thanks for the info, Rich.