DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Mayor Williams took to Facebook Wednesday to clear up some of what he called “rumors” regarding the Carle at the Riverfront Project.
His post explained where the development will go, as well as which surrounding businesses will remain open. He explained that all business on Gilbert Street: Big Lots, Center for Youth and Family Solutions, Riverview Pediatrics, Dwight Allen Salon, Leon’s Diner, and Automobile Diagnostics will stay open, along with the Vermilion County Museum and FMW Bank.
He also clarified some stop lights changes, explaining that the lights at Main and Logan and Harrison and Gilbert will be removed, and a light will be going in at Madison and Gilbert.
Lastly, Williams pointed out that the City of Danville did not invoke eminent domain to procure properties. He said Carle paid the final two holdouts $95,000 each. He said the city did not threaten Leon’s nor any other business or property owner with the use of it.
Carle will likely be fencing off and starting the demolition of the properties in the project area by the end of the month. The buildings next to Big Lots on the south side of W. North Street will be torn down and the new Arrow Ambulance Center built where they were.