A new chapter has been opened in the long-running story of Danville’s Bresee Tower. Historic Restorations has announced it no longer owns Danville’s tallest building. The name of the new owner and what plans there are for the vacant building have not been released.
The building had been owned by a Kentucky company, but it gave the building to Historic Restorations last October. The city had been working to get the building improved, and was surprised that it had a new owner. The city filed a lawsuit to solve the imminent danger of failing debris from the building’s exterior. In the lawsuit, the city asks for the building to be demolished within 30 days or restored within 60 days or the building be turned over to the city. In April, a motion to have the case dismissed was denied.
Mayor Scott Eisenhauer says the city has not been official informed of the new owners so he could not comment on the future of the building or the lawsuit. He said the city wants to make certain the new owner immediately fixes the problem of falling debris. Then the city would work with the new owner on the building.
Meanwhile, the Vermilion County Annex Building which is connected to the Bresee Tower at 6 N. Vermilion St. is slated to be declared as surplus property by the county board. County offices recently moved out of the building are re-located at the former federal courthouse at 201 North Vermilion.
The county says declaring it surplus is a necessary step before anything can happen to the building. The building could eventually be put up for sale, or bids could be taken for demolition. A seven-person committee will discuss and weigh all the options.