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|Galesburg City Council Votes for More Demolitions, Including Quick Stop Property
|A gas station destroyed by fire seven months ago could soon officially see the wrecking ball if the Galesburg City Council has its way.
Aldermen Monday night voted to go forward with demolition proceedings on six more properties; five are residences, but the sixth is the former Quick Stop on West Losey Street.
The business was destroyed by an early-morning fire in late-December of last year, the cause of which has never been disclosed.
Galesburg First Ward Alderman Ken Goad says residents have asked him a lot about the property. "This is very visible," Goad said. "I've had, probably, two-dozen people stop me and call me, (asking) 'when is that mess going to be cleaned up?' So, due to the visibility of it, I'd like to request that we (work on demolishing) it first before the others that are on this list (given to the City Council before Monday night's meeting)."
City Manager Dane Bragg says that would depend on how soon, and whether or not, the city can get a court decree ordering demolition, and whether or not that's contested.
A 15-day notice was sent to the building's owner in February, and city officials say contact has been unsuccessful.
The vote to move forward with demolition on that and five other properties was six to one. Fourth Ward Alderwoman Corinne Andersen wasn't in attendance, and Third Ward Alderman Russell Fleming says he voted no because, he says, he doesn't like the process with which notices are sent to property owners.
(The Galesburg Quick Stop, 188 W. Losey, was destroyed by Fire December 19, 2008. WGIL News Story and File Photo by Will Stevenson.)
(The site has since been fenced in. Photo courtesy City of Galesburg.)
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