Demolition done, Walgreens construction set to begin

Lisa Depies
Site work continues at the future home of Geneseo’s Walgreens store. Work is expected to be finished in January.

Demolition has been completed at the site of Geneseo’s future Walgreens store.

Crews demolished an old gas station, former radio station building and former chiropractic office building at the corner of U.S. Route 6 and Oakwood Avenue to make room for the Walgreens store.

“The weather put us a little behind, but we’re still on schedule,” said project developer Todd Raufeisen of Raufeisen Development in Rock Island. “We have ample time to complete the project, so we weren’t in that big of a hurry (to complete demolition).”

Four parcels of land between Oakwood Avenue and State Street have been purchased for the project, and, in addition to demolishing a trio of buildings, crews had to remove an old gasoline tank.

“The tank removal and clean up went well, and we’re online and on time. Everything is set,” said Raufeisen.

Building permits for the site were approved by the city on July 7, and Raufeisen said construction will soon start.

“We’ll build the parking lot and do the landscaping first,” he said. In addition, a private drive connecting the property to State Street will be built.

Once those projects are finished, crews will start on the store itself. “We anticipate turning the store over to Walgreens during the third week of January,” said Raufeisen.