Community shows interest in old Pekin High School

By Corey Spencer

March 26, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 5:02 AM CDT

Monday's Pekin city council meeting was filled to capacity... and then some.

Some residents were forced to listen from the hallways after the council room reached its 82 person capacity. All of this in response to petitions being presented to the city council asking to save the old West Campus of Pekin high school.

Property owner Merle Huff has already had most of the campus torn down, but the main building remains intact.

One Pekin resident feels it needs to stay that way.

"We're talking about six acres, right in the heart of town," Valerie Moehle Umholtz, resident of Pekin said. "And we, as a community, have control over what that is for us. And if it includes that wonderful, magnificent, architectural structure, then that would be the best way to save it."

In the petition, residents ask the city to halt demolition of the property and designate a Tax-Increment-Finance district around the property, before demolition of the building is complete.

Protesters are worried if something isn't done in the next few weeks, it may be too late.

No decision has been made by the Pekin city council.

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