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Watch now: Crews demolish Tuscany property in Decatur

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The site of the Tuscany Steak and Pasta House at 3010 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive is shown Monday. 

The building that housed Tuscany Steak & Pasta House in Decatur is no more. READ MORE HERE.

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Crews demolish the Tuscany Steak and Pasta House on North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on Monday. 

DECATUR — The former Tuscany Steak and Pasta House building at 3010 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive is coming to an end. Demolition began last week and is expected to be finished by Friday, said property owner Gary Haines.

“It’s on the market for development with a Chicago firm,” he said.

Since Tuscany owners closed their doors nearly a year ago, Haines has been promoting the location as prime real estate property.

“It’s the best corner there is available in Decatur,” he said. “You’ve got a great traffic count. That property’s got great exposure ... It's a fantastic corner.”

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The hope is to have a new owner utilize the area with a different business. With the removal of the old structure, the large size of the available area will be more visible.

“People were thinking it was just the corner where the Tuscany building is, but I actually have the adjoining tract,” Haines said. “Nobody could really picture how big that area is. It’s close to two-and-a-half acres.”

Tami Andrew, real estate broker with Marcus and Millichap, has been promoting the lot to developers. “We hope they will build something bigger and better on the site,” she said. “It’s a redevelopment play. It’s a nice sized parcel.”

Andrew said the location is ideal for a convenience store or a drive-through restaurant.

Tuscany Steak & Pasta House

Location: 3010 N Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Decatur, IL 62526

Hours: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

The structure had served its purpose, according to Haines. Previous restaurants housed in the building included Maverick Family Steakhouse, Rusty's Bar & Grill and Western Sizzlin'.

“The building needed to be torn down,” Haines said. “It was about 40 years old. It was past it’s useful life.”

The building would have needed to be updated, a feature Haines understood was not a selling point.

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Crews demolish the Tuscany Steak and Pasta House on North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on Monday. 

“There’s a lot of little different things that all add up,” he said about the building. “A lot of stuff that was done in the '80s you wouldn’t do today.”

The building’s cleanup is expected to be finished by the end of the week.

“It should look a lot better,” Haines said. “And we’re all hoping for something nice there.”

Contact Donnette Beckett at (217) 421-6983. Follow her on Twitter: @donnettebHR


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