DANVILLE - Aldermen voted Tuesday to spend more than $300,000 on three West Main Street buildings and their adjoining pieces of property that connect to the riverfront along the Vermilion River where the city has development plans.
All the properties are on West Main Street between the David S. Palmer Arena and Memorial Bridge on South Gilbert Street. Securing these properties means the city now owns all the land between the arena and the bridge and from West Main Street down to the wooded riverfront. The city has purchased other properties in this area in the last few years and has been trying to secure these last ones. The properties play into the city's future riverfront development plans, which, according to city officials, include creating new opportunities for recreation and entertainment.
After Tuesday night's approval, the city is buying the former Danville Metal and Canvass building just off West Main Street for $42,000, the Mielke brothers Bargain Barn at 230 W. Main St. for $175,000, and the Boggess building, which is next door to the Bargain Barn for $90,000.
Public Works Director Doug Ahrens said the Mielkes will continue to operate out of their building and lease it from the city for up to one year.