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Eyesore To Be Removed

Augusta, IL – The removal of an eyesore is about to begin in downtown Augusta. State money will allow the village demolish and clean-up the former Weinberg building site at Main and Center. The building began to cave-in more than four years ago, but the town could not afford to do anything about it. Now the state is giving Augusta more than $131,000 on top of an earlier grant of $70,000 to take care of the site, which is considered a brownfield. Illinois EPA Director Doug Scott visited Augusta on Thursday to present a ceremonial check to Village President Sean Eifert. A couple dozen people attended the brief, outdoor ceremony. Demolition and clean-up of the site are scheduled to begin on Monday.