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April 23, 2014, 9:38 am
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Historic Home Turned Coffee House Overcomes Controversy and Opens For Business


Five years ago it was at the center of a raging controversy in Springfield.

 

But the saga of the Maisenbacher House appears ready for a happy ending.

 

A ribbon cutting this morning will officially launch William Van’s Coffee inside the historic Lincoln-era home.

 

Lincoln himself may have loaned the money to build the residence… which was moved in 2008 from its original location to its current site across from the Lincoln Home Visitors Center.

 

More than a quarter-million dollars in city TIF money was used for the move, even though plans for the building were far from settled at that time.

 

But now owners Court and Karen Conn say the new coffee house is part of an ongoing renaissance in the area near Lincoln Home and the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

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