DECATUR — After several years of sitting vacant, work has started on a project that will breathe new life into the building at the corner of East Wood and South Jasper streets.
The building, which formerly was home to a Walgreens and then Eastwood Downtown Finer Foods, is being developed by Forsyth-based Walnut Mart LLC to include a convenience store/gas station, restaurant and laundromat at 1201 E. Wood St. The site has been named Wood Plaza.
Fencing has been erected, and crews are on the site digging holes for the fuel tanks, developer Satwinder Singh said.
“It will look completely different,” Singh said. “It will be a really nice corner.”
Singh said initial efforts will focus on getting the convenience store operational, which he expects to happen on July 4. The convenience store will be affiliated with Shell Oil Company and will carry an expanded line of grocery products that cater to the needs of the neighborhood, he added.
Singh said the building will undergo extensive remodeling.
Singh initial research showed the corner to be a good fit for what they have planned, noting the heavy traffic volume at the intersection and the brisk business at the convenience store across the street. Singh said the development company was in the market to expand its footprint in the area — it already operates convenience stores in Decatur, Shelbyville, Mattoon and other locations in Central Illinois — when it came across the Wood Street location.
Singh said they are still narrowing their options for the restaurant, but a decision is expected soon. He anticipates it will be a dine-in restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The laundromat will be the last piece of the Wood Plaza development to be added.
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