Naperville Now 08-23-17

LANDMARK RECOMMENDATION:

In a 5-1 vote, the Historic Preservation Commission voted to approve the landmark application for the Old Nichols Library. Citizens filed the application after the owner and developer, Dwight Avram Builders, released plans to replace the old building with a new 63,000 square foot development. Dozens of people spoke out at the meeting, many in support of protecting the library and coming up with a new use for the existing structure – while a few expressed concerns about the property rights of the owner, who opposed the granting of landmark status. With a recommendation from the commission, City Council will now have the final say at a future meeting.

COW TUNNEL OPEN HOUSE:

Some Naperville residents are hoping to reopen a cow tunnel built in the 1860’s, and they’re asking for your opinion at an open house tonight. They want to use the tunnel, located off Webster Street between Washington and Mill, for pedestrian access. The tunnel was originally used to let cows travel underneath the railroad to roam between pastures. The meeting is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Center.

DICK DURBIN TOWN HALL:

Tomorrow night U.S. Senator Dick Durbin will be holding a town hall meeting here in Naperville. He’ll be speaking at Wentz Hall at North Central College at 6 p.m. The event is free, but organizers recommend you RSVP for the event at eventbrite, as those individuals will be given priority and expedited entry. Any seats not claimed by15 minutes prior to the start of the event will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL STARTS:

The girls volleyball season got under way last night. Metea Valley hosted Oswego East as the Mustangs look to build on a program record for wins they set last season. Despite a few challenges from the Wolves, Mikaila Dowd and her teammates took the victory in two sets.

Naperville Central welcomed back former head coach Brie Isaacson, who returns from a 5-year absence to coach the Redhawks. Central hit the road to take on West Aurora and it was all Blackhawks in the first set. But the experience of the senior heavy Central squad took over in set two. The Redhawks completed the comeback, starting off the season with a three set victory.

 

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