DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Years after making news, one of the city’s most famous houses is still in need of some TLC.
The Dick Van Dyke Foundation saved the actor’s childhood home from being torn down in 2015, but has yet to restore it. It was a complaint at Wednesday night’s city council meeting.
An alderman pointed out the building has several broken windows. Mayor Scott Eisenhauer says he’s been in touch with the foundation about repairs. They still maintain the property.
Even though restoration hasn’t started yet, Eisenhauer says it’s still the foundation’s goal. They say they hope to start the project next year. They’re just waiting on the contractor and resources.
Neighbors of the historic house say they’ll believe it when they see it. Eisenhauer says they also want to see the house restored.
If, at some point, it’s no longer an option, money from the foundation would be used to get rid of it, but Eisenhauer doesn’t think it will come to that.