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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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Sand plant and movie theater among big projects planned for Peru in 2015

Posted by wlpo on January 12, 2015

Peru could see $100 million in economic development in 2015 and it won’t all be wrapped up in shopping centers. One of the larger projects is a sand processing and loading plant according to Economic Development Director Bob Vickery. A new theater for Carmike Cinemas would also be a $10 million project. Vickery says of course there could be more retail.  He says six nationally known stores are interested in Peru.

North of Interstate 80, a hotel group is showing interest in the land that used to be a Holiday Inn. The old building was torn down last year.

The push to create interest in Route 6 will continue. Vickery says the city wants to hang banners along the road promoting the route. He’s also happy to see business owners using a city sponsored façade improvement program.

You can hear more about economic development in Peru by listening to an interview that’s available at the Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO news page.

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