Landmark Status Granted:
Naperville’s old Nichols Library has been granted local landmark status. After hearing public comment from 40 people on both sides of the issue, city council voted 6-3 last night to designate the 119-year-old building as a landmark. The petition for that status came about after developer Dwight Avram had purchased the property, and made plans to develop it, intending to preserve the façade and honor covenants placed in the deed. But some residents felt that wasn’t enough, applying for landmark status to help preserve the building and ensure that conversations about development continue to be done in the open. With this new designation, the Naperville Historic Preservation Commission will now have authority over changes made to the exterior of the building.
No Sales Tax Increase:
Also at last night’s council meeting, the group decided to keep the city home rule sales tax at its current rate of 0.5 percent, and extend the sunset clause to 2019. That clause had been set to expire at the end of this year. Council had considered raising the tax to 1 percent, but after discussion, decided against it. They did acknowledge that doing so means property taxes will likely rise.
Bridge Design Open House:
The public is invited to an open house today to give their input on new designs for the Washington Street Bridge. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020, and is needed to prevent further deterioration and strengthen the structure. The new designs include several aesthetic options, including pillars with the Naperville logo and a cast concrete flag; and also practical additions like a wider road and additional turn lanes. The open house runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Naperville Municipal Center.
Crosstown Soccer Match-ups:
The DVC boys soccer season is heating up with a pair of crosstown matchups last night. Metea Valley travelled to Naperville Central to face the streaking RedHawks. The Mustangs struck first with a pair of first half goals. Central pulled closer in the 2nd half, but Evan Lang had a huge night, tallying two goals and two assists with James Lynch adding another goal. Metea leaves with a 4-1 win.
Neuqua Valley, winners of two straight, hosted rival Waubonsie Valley. Giacomo Parrino scored early for the Warriors and the game was tied at halftime. But Neuqua’s TJ Fenton scored 29 seconds into the second half, which ended up being the difference in the game. Wildcats win their third straight, 2 to 1.
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