A crew from Stark Excavating has begun tearing down the Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Children's School Administration Building.
Above is a slideshow of photos from the progress of the demolition. The photos were taken from the north end of the structure.
Artist Nick Africano became involved in the property in 1986. Thirty years later, Africano said he believes the teardown will improve the neighborhood and property values.
The Town of Normal will bear the $500,000 cost of demolition in return for Africano's commitment to rehabilitate a different building. Africano has the right to repurchase the ISSCS Administration Building building lot if he reimburses the town for its costs.
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