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Construction underway at site of planned Meijer store in Sycamore

May 12, 2019

SYCAMORE – A new Mejer store in 2020 is still on the horizon, as construction of the building began late last month, city officials said.

The work is still in its early stages at the 16-acre site near the northwest corner of Route 23 and Peace Road, said John Sauter, director of building and engineering for Sycamore. Rockford Construction, the company Meijer hired to build the 160,000-square-foot store, is in the process of filling the area upon which the building pad will rest, Sauter said.

Work stalled last week by heavy rain, but will resume Monday, Sauter said. Workers will have to clear out the water from the site before they can resume, but he said the delay shouldn’t affect the spring 2020 completion timeframe.

Revised building plans were submited to the Sycamore Building and Zoning department by Meijer on Dec. 3, almost two years after the idea for the store was first proposed to the city. The revised plan called for a building almost 20 percent smaller than was initially envisioned in 2017.

The site also will include almost 600 parking spaces, as well as space for three additional stores, Sauter said. A 3,400-square-foot gas station also is planned next to the grocery store.

A new store could be a boon for local government, in terms of increased property and sales tax revenue it will generate, along with providing more shopping options for area residents.