DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Work is moving forward on a 100-year old building which has been called a public safety hazard.
If you were downtown Tuesday, you saw it. Crews were checking out Collins Tower. Most importantly, they were inspecting the terra cotta on the outside. It’s so old pieces are falling off.
City leaders have been complaining about the public safety threat it poses for years. New owners, Jeri and Chris Collins, say this is the first step in fixing hte problem. Inspectors also looked inside the tower.
Their findings will determine how much work is needed. The new owners have big plans for the tower. They want to make it a hotel, conference center and indoor amusement park.
Residents are happy to see progress. The Collins say they’re using private and personal money to make the project happen. They hope to make it a reality as soon as next year.
The Collins plan to use two other downtown buildings for their project. One is the county annex. It’s connected to the tower. In all, they’ve told us the project will cost $35 to $40 million.