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Plaza DeKalb property being examined for structural integrity

Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com
Construction workers with Weaver Construction continue progress on the Plaza DeKalb project by removing the awning over the former Diamond Tour Golf business on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 in DeKalb.
Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com Construction workers with Weaver Construction continue progress on the Plaza DeKalb project by removing the awning over the former Diamond Tour Golf business on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 in DeKalb.

DeKALB – Construction crews were at 203 E. Lincoln Highway, the former site of Diamond Tour Golf, this week to investigate the structural integrity of the building ahead of planned renovations for the $6 million Plaza DeKalb project.

Similar to developer John Pappas’ $7.5 million Cornerstone project one block to the west, which will feature 51 units and commercial space on the first floor, Plaza DeKalb will feature at least 21 fully furnished residential suites with access to rooftop amenities and a Mediterranean grocery store on the first floor.

DeKalb Economic Development Planner Jason Michnick said workers took down the awning of the Diamond Tour Golf building and investigated the overall condition before structural engineers can come in to determine what support the building might need for the project.

“It may need additional footings or new beams that need to go across the span of the building,” Michnick said. “At this point, it’s just demolition and investigation so [engineers] can develop the architectural and structural plans.”

Diamond Tour Golf has relocated to the former Opportunity House site at 202 Lucas St., Sycamore.

Pappas bought the properties at 203, 209, 223 and 229 E. Lincoln Highway for more than $1.2 million for the project, but only 209 E. Lincoln Highway, the site of Blu Door Decor, will be targeted for demolition.

Facade and upper-level work on the two easternmost buildings slated for renovation have been ongoing through the fall and can proceed unobstructed, now that there are no tenants on the upper floors.

At Cornerstone, the roof and most of the windows are complete, which will allow for apartments to be framed through the winter, Michnick said.

Downtown DeKalb’s third new development, the new Sundog IT building, could receive its certificate of occupancy by the end of the year, with an anticipated move-in date of Jan. 5.

The city of DeKalb is contributing about $5.3 million in tax increment financing dollars to help support the three projects.

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