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|Walgreens Construction Moving in Monmouth
|After a long wait that's been frustrating for some at times, work has started on the site that will house the new Walgreens store in Monmouth.
City Administrator Eric Hanson told the Monmouth City Council Tuesday night that crews have started with asbestos abatement at the North Main Street location, and the next steps are removing the tanks in the ground, tearing down the building there and site work.
Hanson tells WGIL he's glad things are happening. "They worked over the weekend, and have taken a lot of the asbestos out," Hanson said. "I'm not sure exactly what the schedule is, but the fact that we have movement, the fact that there's progress on the site -- there were a lot of people that, certainly, had a lot of questions about whether or not it was ever going to happen. I certainly understand those. But, all indications are, as I've been indicating for the past several months, things are going to progress there."
Hanson says he hopes the removal of the tanks and most of the demolition work are done in the next 30 to 45 days.
Mayor Rod Davies says the city appreciates the patience of residents, and it's been a long process that never goes as fast as everyone wants. Davies tells WGIL the project continues the commercial development along North Main Street. "I think it starts tying it altogether, from the square to the bypass, and hopefully, we can get some more projects going along the bypass," Davies said.
Hanson says the city's even getting some re-use of buildings, such as the former Kentucky Fried Chicken location on North Main Street, which will soon be a Mexican Restaurant. Hanson says the expectation is it will be open in the next few weeks.
In other business, aldermen on first reading unanimously approved a change in zoning of property at 502 North 6th Street from R-2 medium density to Public Service. The Peoria Catholic Diocese is requesting the change to establish a Catholic Student Newman Center, where students can go to study, have prayer groups and dinners.
|09 02 08 by Newsroom
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