Burnham buyer misses deadline to inform school board of new location

Burnham buyer misses deadline to inform school board of new location

CHAMPAIGN — The Winnetka preservationist who plans to relocate the Burnham Mansion missed his second Friday deadline to tell the Champaign school district where it would go.

Champaign school board President Chris Kloeppel confirmed Friday that the district had not yet received the documentation it has requested from Christopher Enck, who bought the mansion from the district for $10 last month.

But that doesn't necessarily mean Enck hasn't secured a location, Kloeppel noted.

"He sent us an email saying the contract is with the sellers," Kloeppel said Friday evening. "He has indicated he would have a signed contract to us early next week."

Where Enck plans to move the mansion remains unknown.

If Enck does find a suitable location, Unit 4 has pledged $50,000 to help with the move — money that would have gone to demolishing Burnham.

July 15 remains Enck's deadline to move the house out of the path of the expansion on Champaign Central High School. After that date, fines begin to kick in.

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