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Town Of Normal Takes Up Dilapidated Rooming House Solution

Town of Normal

Town of Normal staff are suggesting it is worth $190,000 of taxpayer money to eliminate a problem property on North School Street. The Town Council will decide whether to buy a house in the 600 block of North School and end its status as a student rooming house.

The century old house has a history of code violations and poor repair. Staff say students who leased it for the fall term even moved out.

Staff say the town has a history of trying to eliminate non-conforming uses in neighborhoods. The house is in a historic district and surrounded by single family homes and would return to single occupancy zoning if the town acquired it.

The town would intend to sell the house to a new owner who would either fix it up or tear it down and rebuild to compatible standards for the historic district.



WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.