Danville buys more riverfront property

DANVILLE — The city is buying another piece of property along West Main Street as part of a long-term riverfront development plan in the downtown.

After a closed session Tuesday night, Danville aldermen voted to spend $75,000 on property at 244 W. Main St., which is riverfront property that's southeast of the Main and Gilbert street intersection.

Aldermen voted 10-1 with Bill Black, Ward 7, casting the only "no" vote.

The property includes a building that has two billboards on its west side. The property is owned by Walter Jackowski of Danville.

Once the sale is final, Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said, the city will receive the revenue from the lease of the billboards, which is slightly less than $1,000 a month. That money, he said, will be funneled back into the city's land acquisition fund. Eisenhauer said $55,000 is being taken out of that fund to buy this property. The other $20,000 was already set aside, he said, for this acquisition.

Eisenhauer said this is another purchase that fits into the city's riverfront development plans along the Vermilion River, which generally flows just south of Danville's downtown.

To the east of the Jackowski property are several properties that also border the river, including the David S. Palmer Arena at the east end of the riverfront properties. Last year, the city purchased from the Janesky family their riverfront property that was immediately west of the arena after a fire destroyed the building on that site. The city demolished the structure, and the lot is now being used for additional arena parking.

There are multiple owners of the riverfront properties between the arena and the property the city is now buying. Eisenhauer said the city wants to acquire all the property it can along that portion of West Main Street for its riverfront development plans, which include creating opportunities and facilities for recreation and entertainment.

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