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Historic Peoria mansion receives temporary reprieve from demolition

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Koinonia mansion

PEORIA (WEEK) - Peoria's Koinonia Mansion. damaged by fire last summer, has been saved from demolition, at least for the time being because someone might be interested in buying the historic home.

The house, built in 1894, was set to be demolished next month, but now it's on a 30-day delay list after local people spread the word about the demolition. We're told the home might have a buyer.

The mansion is in Council member Chuck Grayeb's district. Grayeb said he wants to see the home preserved.

"Historic preservation is our continuity and our link to our past," said Grayeb.

"The buyer is going to have to come forward and make himself or herself known and be specific about what the plans are," Grayeb also said.

Some food left on a stove caused a fire last July, leaving about $125,000 damage.

Most recently, the house served as a Christian living community. It was a 'family house' before that, giving people somewhere to stay when a loved one was in the hospital.

Howard Packowitz

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