PACA announces massive paver sale

PACA announces massive paver sale

Pavers (large bricks made of different composition) are long-lasting and durable. Years ago, the Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County sold these pavers at 50 cents each. It was one of their most profitable efforts. Those pavers were donated from the city of Urbana and were from the abandoned streets of nine square blocks in what is now the Beckman Institute area cornered at Wright Street and University Avenue. Jim Kelly, then the public works director, convinced the city and PACA that it would be a good fit for both parties. Everybody won.

Now, PACA is receiving 60,000 to 70,000 pavers from the city of Champaign. Because of the high-rise to be built on the parking lot on campus at Sixth and Green streets, two blocks of pavers on Healey Street between Sixth Street and Fourth Street will be replaced with concrete.

A & R Contractors will remove the pavers from Healy Street and dump them on a vacant lot in north Urbana on land donated to PACA by the Shapland family for the duration of the sale. A & R will mow the site at no charge to PACA. Barber and DeAtley Inc. have donated a shed and will transfer it from their site to the site of the pavers so we can lock up our tools and wheelbarrows. The Kemper brothers, Howie and Scott, of Industrial Equipment/Midwest Potty House have donated a potty house on site for the duration. A banner on site was donated by Rob Washburn of C-U Banners.

Arrangements to buy these pavers, still at 50 cents each, can be made at the PACA Warehouse. They will not deliver; you must pick them up. PACA volunteers and public service workers will pallet the pavers. Cash, checks or credit cards will be accepted as payment. Cash or checks will be accepted on site, but credit cards must be done in advance at the PACA Warehouse, 44 E. Washington St., C. Saturday mornings will be a constant for pickup, and PACA will attempt to provide other times when volunteers are available to be at the site. For more information, call 359-7222.

Bob Swisher has been a collector since he was a child. Questions or comments can be mailed to 807 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Urbana, IL 61801, or emailed to aacanabs@gmail.com.

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