Building concerns close section of sidewalk

A half-block of sidewalk along the east side of N. Market Street in Monticello is closed until further notice until the city studies the structural integrity of the downtown building that borders it.

Monticello City Administrator Terry Summers stressed the move is just a precautionary one at this time for the sidewalk adjacent to 220 W. Washington St.

"We've been working with the property owner for some time now, and recently received a building condition report from an engineering firm, and they identified the west wall adjacent to that sidewalk with some concern, as well as the structural integrity of the building," said Summers.

The study came out of a streetscape plan that will include the rehabbing of the sidewalks at the corners of W. Washington and Market streets, as well as a pedestrian crossing of Market Street/Highway 105.

Summers adds that property owners have been "cooperative" with the city.

The 5,000-square-foot building that emcompasses three storefronts at 216, 218 and 220 W. Washington St., which according to Piatt County land records is owned by the Jack Swing Trust, is currently empty. Its last retail use was as a florist shop, which moved out a few years ago.

Summers was not sure how long the sidewalk would be closed, but emphasized it should not be used by the public at this time.

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