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Aldermen prefer moving historic house to Langum Park

Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 10:45 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – A city committee Monday was in favor of moving a historic home to a site different than the one preferred by an ad-hoc committee of residents.

The Government Services Committee voted 8-1 in favor of relocating the Jones Law Office house from its current site at 302 Cedar Avenue to Langum Park near Route 25 and Devereaux Way. Fifth Ward Alderman Maureen Lewis voted against the motion.

Lewis said she was torn after listening Monday to resident Pat Pretz’s presentation on the house. Pretz preferred that the home be located along the west side of North 5th Avenue, north of the bridge over the railroad property.

“I’m glad it’s safe, I just don’t feel it’s appropriate,” Pretz said of the Langum Park site. “It’s a happy ending, at least it will be somewhere.”

Pretz wanted the North 5th Avenue site because it still would have been located within the city’s Historic District. Ira Minard built the home in 1842 and was purchased by Steven Sandborn Jones in 1843, according to the St. Charles Historical Museum.

Aldermen on the committee were concerned about parking and residents having to cross Route 25 or Fifth Avenue, for the alternate site.

Committee members also voted 9-0 in favor of using money from the city’s reserves to pay for the cost of moving the home.

An initial estimate to move the home was $73,000, give or take $10,000, said Peter Suhr, the city’s public works director.

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