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|New Weaver Center Provides Opportunity
|A building named for it's owner is ready to provide the community with services and opportunities looking into the future of the downtown area.
Gerard Weaver, along with other members of the community, cut the ribbon Thursday afternoon on the official opening of the Weaver Main Street Center, formerly the Radio Village Mall.
Weaver, who owns the building, says he is very excited to celebrate the ribbon cutting because the 18-month process between purchasing, planning, and developing the building project took a lot of people working together to bring it all together.
Weaver credits the Galesburg Downtown Council, and city officials with developing the facade redevelopment grant program which improved the look of the outside of the building.
Weaver tells WGIL this project represents more facade projects in the area's future.
"It's a pretty exciting time and as I understand it, there are other facade projects going on with other businesses in the Main Street downtown area - so a pretty exciting time I think."
Weaver tells it's a type of investment in the areas future.
"In fact, that's how I look at it - as an investment in the community with the acquisition of the building itself. It has a lot of potential - still yet. There's still vacancies and spaces available in the building although we've already selected the anchor."
According to the Weaver Main Street web site, the building already has signed three tenants - Champion Technology Group, Hair Focus on the Family, and the anchor store Jimmy John's. There are still eight suites plus another 5300 square feet available on the upper floor.
President of the Downtown Council Jay Bullis says they faced hurdles of tax increment financing, designing a downtown plan and getting the city council to put aside $100,000 of TIF dollars for the projects.
Weaver says there is still room to grow and expand if they so desire.
(Members of the community along with Gerald Weaver, center cutting ribbon, gathered at the New Weaver Main Street Center Thursday to officially open the building. WGIL News Story and Photo by Dominic Fortini.)
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