Council may accept donation of downtown property

The owner of a downtown building with structural deficiencies looks to donate his property to the City of Galesburg.

Galesburg Aldermen will decide on whether to accept 120 E. Simmons St. at their meeting Monday night.

City Council documents say that if aldermen accept the acquisition, the estimated cost of stabilizing the building’s wall running adjacent with Park Plaza would be between $175,000 to $190,000. Roof repairs are estimated to cost another $75,000 to $100,000.

City administration says by doing this work the Park Plaza renovation can be completed and the building can be saved from demolition.

Aldermen can approve the addition of two Class A liquor licenses, that would be used by La Cantinita, a restaurant coming to Simmons Street, and The Tap, to open on Grand Avenue.

La Cantinita is owned by Elvith Santoyo-McNaught, owner-operator of Acapulco Mexican Restaurant, who bought the former Carriage House building on Simmons a few years ago.

Galesburg Aldermen could also approve a bid to install a handicap accessible playground at Lombard Middle School, in a collaborative partnership between the City and District 205.

The City is responsible for $200,000 of the equipment purchase. District 205 is paying for the installation portion, but for the sake of project continuity, the city will pay the cost upfront and be reimbursed.

Custom Playgrounds are the recommended contractor with a bid of about $85,000. A company out of Machesney Park, Illinois, Custom Playgrounds bid was almost $170,000 less than the other bidder.

Council will also hold a discussion on whether they will change their regular meeting time from 6:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.