Historic house may be mothballed
The cobblestone house at 302 W. Chicago Street (and Crystal St.), which the city bought in 2009, may get boarded up instead of rehabilitated and used as a ROPE house.
Bids for the work were submitted in April. The original cost estimate for the work was $350,000. But the combined low bid for the project came in at $484,860.
That amount, combined with the purchase price, would put the cost of the project at more than $707,000.
Kozal said it would cost less than $1,000 to close up the building temporarily to protect it from the weather and secure it from vandalism. Longer-term costs for such mothballing are still to be determined. The plan then would be to see if any locals will take up the cause to renovate the property. (Courier 5/24/2011)
I may be mistaken, but for some reason I think that’s actually the oldest standing house in Elgin, and one of only a few remaining cobblestone houses. It’s a shame if it will not be restored.