Aledo, Illinois, seeks historic designation for downtown

ALEDO, Ill. (AP) — Officials in the northwestern Illinois city of Aledo have scheduled a meeting about putting the city’s downtown on the National Register of Historic Places.

Aledo’s courthouse and jail already are listed on the register. Broadening the designation could make tax credits available for restoration projects.

A consultant working on the application will answer the public’s questions Tuesday at the city’s fire station. 

The Dispatch in Moline reports Aledo’s downtown covers 30 acres. Its 76 buildings date back as far as 1856. A variety of architectural styles are represented and few downtown buildings have had major alterations.

The next step is for supporters submit paperwork to the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council in February.