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Judge Orders Abandoned Ridgely Village Hall to be Demolished

Mann's attorney Sam Cahnman, said over the next 45 days his client is going to try and present another strategy to save this structure. (WICS)

A Sangamon County judge has ruled the vacant building needs to be demolished by the property owner in the next 45 days.

Next to Peoria Road sits the remains of Ridgely Village Hall and it's causing controversy.

The abandoned site is loaded with trash, but Jeremy Mann said he wants to save the building for its history.

"My client was under the impression that the city was requiring drawings from a structural engineer as to how the old part of the building would be shored up," said the property owner's attorney, Sam Cahnman.

Built in the late 1800's, the building was used as a jail and village hall.

Now people living nearby are worried about the dangers of keeping the vacant building.

“Because of the safety factor, you know if kids get into there or whatever and you know maybe if something was to fall down and hurt someone that wouldn't be good," said Linda Kieth, who lives nearby.

Mann's attorney Sam Cahnman, said over the next 45 days his client is going to try and present another strategy to save this structure.

"Perhaps the city would agree to vacate the order or stay the execution of the order while we try to save this building,” said Canhnman

"Either make it a viable business or tear it down. I don't know at this point if the building can be saved without spending a fortune to upgrade it, but I don't care which way just one way or the other," said Doug Rathbun, who owns apartment building next to the building.

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