A great crowd was in attendance at the Project 29 meeting at Jan’s in Edinburg on Thursday night. Carl Adams, Vice President of the Illinois Ayers Ayerco Convenience Centers and his son Curt, described and displayed the plans for the Gas Station and Truck Stop to be constructed on the old McKeen property off of Route 29. Adams said the cost of the project is over $2 million, excluding the land price. He stated they now have verbal approval of their Storm Water Drainage Permit from the Illinois Department of Transportation, but don’t have the official papers yet.
Adams further stated they will have to reshape the land to have the water run into the ditch along Route 29, as it will flow to the southeast. He also noted they may have to concrete a portion of a street for the heavy trucks to come in. He also stated if they can get the project coordinated, they hope to build it with 90-120 days, and is aiming to be open before summer. There is a possibility that Subway will be built next to the gas station, yet other eating establishments have been discussed as backups.
Verne Evans, Subway Franchisee Owner, was also in attendance. He stated the two major factors of opening a Subway are having customers and having employees.
Evans told Regional Radio News following the meeting he will have to gather the figures to help make his decision if a Subway is possible in Edinburg.
Pictures of the preliminary designs can be viewed at taylorvilledailynews.com.