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Monday, November 21, 2016

Work begins on South Avenue 'Gateway' project

View of the demolition so far, looking west from Plainwood
Square Park (Netherwood Cafe partially demolished).

The former Netherwood Cafe awaits the wrecker's ball.

The former Laggren's Awnings is now completely gone...

... as are the buildings at the westernmost edge of the parcel.

Demolition work has begun in preparation for construction of the South Avenue Gateway residential complex.

The $50 million project will bring 212 luxury apartments to South Avenue.

Demolition has begun (see photos above) on the parcel that was assembled from 11 separate properties that were acquired by the developer in 2015.

The project will be anchored on its eastern end by the city's Plainwood Square Park, which will be retained as a city park.

The Gateway development will include on site parking -- with the parking to be written into tenant leases -- as well as amenities for residents.

While the project does not strictly meet the requirements of "transit village" development (there is no retail component), it's location is sure to boost businesses in the area, which include Giovanna's and Freppe's restaurants, Plainfield's renowned Dairy Queen, and a small supermarket.

This is one to keep an eye on over the coming months.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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