Salvaging crews stripping Burnham Mansion interior ahead of demolition

Salvaging crews stripping Burnham Mansion interior ahead of demolition

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign school district officials are preparing to check one more item off their to-do list prior to the demolition of Burnham Mansion.

This week, workers with Peoria Architectural Salvage have been stripping the interior detailing from the historic home, bringing the building one step closer to its eventual demolition.

Unit 4 Director of Capital Projects & Planning Elizabeth Stegmaier said the salvage work is slated to be completed by next week.

Then, the district will move on to its final two phases of the project: having an abatement crew clear the building at 603 W. Church St. of any hazardous materials and, finally, bringing in a demolition crew this fall.

It's just one step in the process of making room for the planned, $87.1 million expansion of Central High School.

Meanwhile, work continues outside Central, where students are set to resume classes a week from today.

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