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DCRA Continues Making Significant Progress At Magill Hotel

The Magill Hotel has come a long ways the last few months, but the DeWitt County Resoration Association still has a little ways to go and is seeking community support to get there.

The 1872 hotel has been getting a facelift the last few months, and according to Chairperson of the DCRA, Becky Adams, they need help paying for some of the changes they are wanting to make. An artist from St. Louis came up and painted fake windows, and right now, they are trying to find a way to pay for all the windows.

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Adams adds they are still looking for a developer to use the renovated hotel. Two developers have come forward since DCRA took over the building, but they both fell through. She believes any type of business could be put in the historic hotel, whether it's bed and breakfast or making it into a living area.

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Aside from those two hurdles, Adams points out that people in the community have donated to the hotel and volunteered their time and efforts to the hotel. Exelon donated money and sent a group of workers to help put in dry wall. She says this helped shrink the margin of time and money needed to finish the retail section of the Magill Hotel.

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Since taking over the Magill Hotel, the DCRA has torn down the west edition and has been actively renovating the eastern side and the square facing side. They are currently trying to finish the ceilings and put in windows.

For more information on the Magill Hotel or to donate, go to dewittcountyrestoration.org or call Becky Adams at 217-935-2044.

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