WOODSTOCK TWP. — The Woodstock Township board wants to see the former township hall get a — new — life.
If that will happen, however, remains to be seen.
The board discussed Monday how to find a new renter, or owner, of the building, built in 1892 on Winter Road next to the present township hall. The old hall was vacated in 2009 after the new building was constructed.
The Addison Masonic Lodge, which had been renting the old hall, is no longer meeting there. Township officials considered seeking a new renter or selling the building to someone who will preserve it or even move it to a new location.
Township officials said they do not need the building for storage. The lot on which the old hall stands has limited parking.
Township trustee Randy Kennard said he felt the best option is to find a new renter.
“It’s a beautiful old building, it has a lot of character,” he said. “We just don’t have much use for it.”
Township treasurer Teresa Votzke said public input should be part of the process.
“We need to ask the general public,” she said, “although we’re the ultimate decision-maker.”
Supervisor Matt SeGraves said he would like to see the building sold and preserved.
“I don’t want to see it demolished,” he said. “We don’t need the (land) space but I would like to see it in some way preserved.”
SeGraves said the township will explore its options further in the coming months.
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