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Construction of new Batavia Walgreens store moving ahead

Aldermen recommend approval of plans

BATAVIA – The construction of a new Walgreens store in downtown Batavia is moving closer to reality.

Aldermen at Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting recommended approval of plans to subdivide Batavia Plaza. Batavia Enterprises proposes to subdivide Batavia Plaza in preparation for the construction of a new Walgreens drive-thru pharmacy at 122 W. Wilson St.

Batavia Enterprises owns Batavia Plaza.

In addition, aldermen recommended approval of variances for the proposed store, including a variance for sign height to allow the current Batavia Plaza sign to be relocated. The full Batavia City Council will vote on the recommendations at its meeting Monday.

“We are close to wrapping this up,” Batavia Enterprises President Dan Stellato told aldermen Tuesday.

Batavia Enterprises wants to move the Walgreens from its current location at 138 W. Wilson St. in the Batavia Plaza into a 14,500-square-foot building with a drive-thru just east of East China Inn in the same shopping center. Plans are to demolish the former Swanson’s Hardware store/Prairie Path Cycles store at 122 W. Wilson St. to make way for the project.

Batavia aldermen last year approved a redevelopment agreement for the project. The project is in a tax increment financing district. Under the proposal, Batavia Enterprises would receive $450,000 from the city as the project moves forward, and another $693,000 that would be paid out over 12 years if the project generates enough TIF money to cover it.

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