- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A historic downtown Belleville building is scheduled for demolition as part of a renovation to improve public access to City Hall.

The Belleville News-Democrat (bit.ly/1Q4m1KD ) reports the former Security Abstract and Title Company building is scheduled to be torn down as part of an $18.5 million project. The fixes include upgrades to the adjacent City Hall under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

The 86-year-old building is home to the Belleville Police Department, which is moving to another downtown location next year. The city has owned it since 1988. Belleville plans to install a wheelchair ramp and accessible parking in the building’s place.

City officials are also meeting with local preservationists who want to preserve Belleville’s historic character.

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