1930s gas station safe...for now.
The gas station at 101 North Franklin in Janesville will stay where it's been since the 1930s, at least for now.
City Council Member Russ Steeber says moving the building would place it in a better environment, instead of being surrounded by municipal buildings and apartments. Janesville residents spoke about possible reuse of the building as a tribute to Janesville's automotive history, a municipal services center and a meeting place for non-profit volunteers. City Council Members echoed those ideas as a way to serve the surrounding municipal campus.
The station is eligible to be included in the National Register of Historic Places, but only if it remains on its current site. The station is in an area identified by the city as ideal for the future expansion of the Police Services building.
The council decided Monday there wasn't much urgency to demolish the building, since the Police Services building is expected to meet the city's needs without expansion for about twenty years.