DANVILLE — With a letter now in hand from Lowe’s officials agreeing to close Lowe’s current entryway from Vermilion Street, city council members Tuesday night approved a $509,009 contract with Duce Construction of Champaign to relocate one of Lowe’s entryways to line up with a new Meijer entryway on Vermilion Street.
City officials said they received the agreement letter last week.
The contract is for alignment work for the Lowe’s and Tractor Supply Co. entryways and demolition of the former Classy Critters building just south of Lowe’s.
Danville Urban Services Director David Schnelle estimates construction and demolition will start next month. There is a pre-construction meeting today.
“It’s all worked out,” Ward 7 Alderman Bill Black said.
The work is being paid by gas tax funds in addition to reimbursement from Meijer, Inc. of $276,206 for the base bid and $39,384 for additional alternative bid work.
The base bid improvements add a dedicated right turn lane for northbound Vermilion Street traffic into the Meijer and Tractor Supply entrance. This cost is being reimbursed by Meijer.
The removal of the structure, formerly Classy Critters, and site remediation and construction of a new commercial entrance at 3628 N. Vermilion St. is being paid for by the city.
The existing Lowe’s Vermilion Street entrance would be closed and relocated south to 3628 N. Vermilion St. New driveway pavement would be constructed to the existing Lowe’s parking lot so that the Meijer and Tractor Supply entrance aligns with the relocated Lowe’s entrance.
The alignment means a concrete barrier median will not be constructed on Vermilion Street near the new Meijer.
In other business, the council approved:
n Denying a special-use permit requested by James and Kelly J. Miller to allow a manufactured home to remain permanently at 22223 North 1525 East Road, north of the Danville Country Club, in the Rural Residential zoning district.