2014 Annual Membership Meeting

Please join us at the Community United Church, 805 S. 6th St. Champaign, Il on April 6th from 2 to 4 pm for our annual membership meeting. We’ll be presenting our Heritage Awards for outstanding achievements in restoration and re-use.

If you have any questions please call 217-359-7222 for more information.

Let us help you rebuild

The Preservation and Conservation Association would like to offer help to the families whose homes and businesses were damaged or lost in the Sunday November 17 Tornado. We know of a number of loyal PACA members who suffered significant damage.

We will give anyone who can show that they are residents of the area a 25 % discount on architectural salvage items at our warehouse. This offer is good trough November of 2014.

PACAs letter to the local newspaper regarding the University of Illinois wasteful destruction of usable salvage material

I was shocked to see the photo on page B4 of Fridays Aug. 16th News Gazette. For those who missed it, the photo depicts a University of Illinois employee in a bulldozer demolishing a house near the corner of Goodwin and Oregon in Urbana, and it clearly shows that all of the original door and window trim (as well as the old, multi-paned windows) are still in the house, being destroyed along with all the rest.

What possible excuse can there be for this kind of waste?

Why, at a time when landfills are overflowing, would the University heedlessly destroy perfectly good architectural materials — doors, windows, wood trim, lighting fixtures, hardware, flooring, siding, mechanical components, (and who knows what other interesting bits and pieces of the old house that could have been of use to artists and crafters) — when a local organization exists that will gladly come at any time and remove all of these things at no cost or risk of liability to the University whatsoever?

The Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County (PACA) has been a part of this community for over 30 years. PACA is a 501c3 nonprofit that uses the proceeds from its architectural salvage warehouse to not only support itself, but to also give grants to the community, scholarships to students, and sponsor educational opportunities for people interested in learning more about preservation and conservation. Since the changes of administration at the U of I, PACA has spent months making calls, stopping by offices, writing letters, filling out forms, and generally making a nuisance of themselves trying to get someone, anyone, at the University to sit down and talk with us about revitalizing and eventually formalizing a relationship that previously existed — and generally worked very well — for many years.

We still have hopes that this is just a temporary disruption and that we’ll soon be back on the University’s ‘to call’ list, but whether or no, the important thing is not that PACA has an opportunity to salvage these places before they come down, but that someone does.

Otherwise it is a deplorable waste of perfectly sound, still useful, and often irreplaceable material for absolutely no good reason.

Heritage awards

This year’s Heritage awards and PACA’s annual membership meeting will take place on Sunday, April 21st from 2-4pm at The Community United Church, 805 S. 6th St. Champaign. Please come and join us!

The Heritage Award Committee is seeking nominations for 2013 Heritage Awards

Categories include noteworthy Residential and Commercial rehabilitation projects; Institutional (schools, churches, governments, etc.), projects that have kept the historic character of the building; conservation, educational, or restoration Landscape projects; and projects that have restored a Landmark building or site. Neighborhood Heritage Awards are given to rehabilitation projects that help stabilize a historic neighborhood or area, while Historically Respectful Design Awards are for additions or new construction that integrate well into the historic streetscape. Adaptive Use Awards are for projects that have converted a building to a new use while keeping its historic character; and Place in History Awards are for institutions that have continued to operate in a historic setting for 100 years or more. Special Heritage Awards are given to individuals who have worked to preserve a special aspect of our heritage or who have advanced the cause of historic preservation in our community. Please submit your nominations by March 15, 2013.

We’re back!

After quite a long period of inaccessibility, PACA’s website is now back under our control. Please bear with us as we learn the software and try to bring everything up to date.

Agricultural Land at Risk

Some of the world’s richest farmland is at risk by a planned extension of Olympian Drive from Market Street in Champaign to Route 45 north of Urbana. 85 acres could be lost to the road itself and 1,600 acres to industrial uses. The purpose of the extension is to provide connectivity between I-57 and Route 45, just 1 mile north of I-74.

Cost estimates vary but, the County officials expect at least $30M. Contributions will be required of Champaign & Urbana ($5-6M), Champaign County, the State of Illinois ($5M), and Federal funds ($8-10M). The project is being sold to promote economic development while hundreds of acres of develop-able land in the county is available without disturbing active agriculture.

A delegation of 18 public officials and business interests recently visited Washington D.C. to lobby for the federal funds.

Please sign the petition on line: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stopolympiandrive/

Become a Facebook fan: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Olympian-Drive-Group/362486134343?filter=2

Please contact these elected officials before March 15 and ask them to say NO to the Olympian Drive expansion:

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY BOARD MEMBERS

URBANA CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS

CHAMPAIGN CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS

FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES

Ask them to say NO to Olympian Drive.

Tell them that:

  • The Olympian Drive is unnecessary sprawl plenty of other development options exist. Quick-take is an unacceptable use of force for this project.
  • All economic development isn’t concrete and smokestacks. Farmers pump millions into our economy each year, enriching our communities.
  • You do not support this project and want the $30 million spent on education, families, job retention, and existing infrastructure.

Historic Preservation Takes Major Hit in President’s Budget – Action Needed

An Alert From Preservation Action

In a major blow to our nation’s federal historic preservation program, the President’s budget, released on Monday of this week, requested the elimination of both the Save America’s Treasures (SAT) and Preserve America (PA) programs – representing a $25 million cut to the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). An Action Alert can be viewed here.

In the termination language that accompanied the budget, it was stated that the “SAT and PA programs have not demonstrated how they contribute to nationwide historic preservation goals.” Further, it was suggested that elimination of these programs would enable the National Park Service to “focus resources on managing national parks and other activities that most closely align with its core mission.”

Funding for Heritage Areas was also cut by $9 million. Once again, the White House justified this cut by citing the need for the National Park Service to focus on “national parks and lack of management,” which further suggests that the Administration believes the management of cultural resources is not in line with the NPS’s core mission.

At the same time the President severely cut historic preservation programs, he increased the funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to $620 million, and stated his intention to seek full funding (at $900 million) by 2014. The LWCF and HPF, considered “sister funds,” both receive their annual deposits from outer-continental shelf oil and gas drilling leases. Unlike the HPF, which funds a variety of programs that focus on cultural resources, the LWCF’s primary purpose is to acquire land and provide for park maintenance.

The preference the administration is showing towards natural resources versus cultural resources, rather than a comprehensive approach which reflects the complete mission of the National Park Service is cause for concern.

In the coming weeks, it is essential that you contact your members of congress to let them know that cultural resources and natural resources are of equal importance. With the administration’s current focus on job creation and economic development, it will be critical to our effort to link historic preservation to these important goals.

Senator Dick Durbin (D)
309 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2152 (202) 224-2152
Fax: (202) 228-0400

Website: http://durbin.senate.gov/
Contact Form: http://durbin.senate.gov/sitepages/contact.htm

Senator Roland Burris (D)
523 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2854 (202) 224-2854
Fax: (202) 228-5417

Website: http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/senators/one_item_and_teasers/burris.htm
Contact Form: Email: Senator_RolandBurris@Burris.Senate.Gov

Congressman Tim Johnson (R)
U.S. House of Representatives – 15th District
1229 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2371 (202) 225-2371
Fax: (202) 226-0791

2004 Fox Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 403-4690 (217) 403-4690
Fax: (217) 403-4691

Website: http://www.house.gov/timjohnson/
Contact Form: http://www.house.gov/timjohnson/contact/index.shtml

February 5th, 2010