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Downtown a major focus of 2015 economic development in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on January 15, 2015

You’ll find salons, clothing stores and restaurants in downtown. The city has tried to concentrate new retail to First Street and surrounding area and the strategy working.

La Salle Economic Development Director Don Aleksy says 11 focus groups that met while they were updating the comprehensive all mentioned the downtown. Major renovation work is underway at the old Blakely’s building on the northeast corner of First and Marquette Streets. The building will be the new home of a clothing store that’s already in La Salle.

At the other end of the block, a store and nail shop are planning to move into a renovated building that already has a video gaming business and two upstairs condominiums. A few blocks away a new Beck’s gas station is under construction.

Learn more about economic development in La Salle by listening to an interview that’s available at the Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO news page.

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