Single tenant delays Collinsville Main Street project

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. - One tenant is holding up a major construction project on Main Street in Collinsville.

The city can't demolish the buildings it purchased nearly three years ago until that tenant moves out. It was all part of an effort to create a new entrance to the Main Street business district.

Steve Matz runs Stone Wheel Incorporated at the warehouse. It's an auto parts distributor, and it's the last business left on the property.

For nearly three years, Matz has been searching for a new location. He says even the location that the city suggested didn't work out.

"We need something with the proper rent, we need something with the proper term of lease until 2021," he said.

City officials said the bid for demolition of the warehouse and apartments was set at $90,000 initially.

Mayor John Miller said the city believes it will cost more for the demolition since so much time has passed.

After demolishing the property, Collinsville planned to transform the area by creating a park, relocating a historic home and turning it into a visitor's center.

Collinsville is now working with an outside attorney to figure out if they need to consider eminent domain proceedings.


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