Demolition of 12 properties owned by Shodeen along West Lincoln Highway, Pearl Street, and Anne Street will commence next week. The properties were approved for Demolition by the DeKalb City Council during its regular meeting on December 14. The properties to be demolished include: 112, 120, 123, 124/126, 128, and 133 Pearl Street; 226, 234, and 242 Anne Street; and 186, 196, and 202 West Lincoln Highway.
“The demolition of these properties is a good move for development in this neighborhood,” said Mayor John Rey. “The parcels are visible to our main thoroughfare and the removal of buildings will greatly enhance the area. I am pleased with cooperation from the developer, taking this first step towards revitalizing the neighborhood. I look forward to the development proposal for next steps in the future of this area.”
Commuters and residents can expect changes in traffic patterns, including lane closures along West Lincoln Highway. Pearl Street will remain open for public use. Since several of the properties have retaining walls, sidewalk closures are also expected along West Lincoln Highway and Pearl Street.
After demolition of the properties, the land will be modified to have proper drainage and a level grade consistent with the surrounding properties. All connections to existing utilities, including water and sewer, will be disconnected and the utilities will be properly capped for future development. The Michoacana Ice Cream restaurant will remain open for business during the demolitions.
“We would like to commend the DeKalb Sanitary District for their cooperation with this project,” said City Manager Anne Marie Gaura. “They worked very expeditiously and efficiently to identify and locate the sewer utility connections around the property, allowing the project to proceed quickly.”