Construction crews began knocking down the deteriorating structures at the Danville Hotel property Wednesday morning, marking the start of redevelopment work at the storied downtown site.
"Brings back a lot of memories for me. Many a meal I had in there," Danville Councilman Mike Doyle said while watching a tractor demolish the old hotel restaurant and saloon building. "What an exciting time to be in Danville."
Private developer Castle Companies plans to create the town's newest downtown destination by replacing rundown buildings near the historic Danville Hotel with modern restaurant space, storefronts and second-floor residential units.
The hotel itself, along with the McCauley House, will be preserved and renovated as part of the project.
The structures set for removal dubbed the Wild West buildings date back to the 1950s and encompassed nearly 14,400 square feet of retail, office and restaurant space. The planned multi-story development would boast more than 34,500 square feet of retail and residential space.
Demolition work, which includes tearing down the buildings and clearing out debris, is slated to last several weeks, according to Lou Baldacci of Castle Companies. Site development will begin later this year, and company reps anticipate completing the project during the summer of 2015, he added.
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