Site closer to landmark status

Site closer to landmark status

CHAMPAIGN — The old Coca-Cola plant that will soon house Papa Del's moved one step closer to being a historic landmark on Thursday.

The Historic Preservation Commission approved the application by the soon-to-be-renamed Papa Del's Pizza Factory for the building at 1201 S Neil St. in Champaign to receive landmark designation. The application still has to be approved by the plan commission and the city council.

Bob Monti, the owner of Papa Del's, and Keddy Hutson, the architect for the project, applied for the status. The building was built in 1938, and it was designed by George C. Ramey, who also built the city building, using standard Coca-Cola factory plans, said Eric Van Buskirk. The building has art deco elements, including brickwork patterns, limestone chevron details, a metal entrance canopy an ornamental staircase railing and curved brick details on corners and sills.

The changes to the building requested by Papa Del's, including a new entrance on Avondale Avenue and a sign on the Neil Street side of the building, were approved by the commission.

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