Ground has broken, and construction is about to begin on a new three-story mixed-used building and public improvements in downtown Oswego.
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Oswego Village President Troy Parlier, the Oswego Village Board, and Imperial Investments Director of Development Mike Mann shoveled the first dirt at 113 Main Street, the site of the former Village Hall, for a $3.1 million three-story mixed-use building that will bring restaurant space featuring garage door-style al fresco dining and upper level office space to downtown Oswego.
“This is an exciting, exciting day. Mike has and extraordinary vision being from Oswego and an extraordinary pulse on the buildings that are going to really turn this downtown into a much greater downtown but keep the feel that we all want,” said Village President Troy Parlier. “This isn’t a one-shot deal. We’ve found a partner that we can really work with. This Block 11 is really going to come alive over the next few months.”
The groundbreaking ceremony, held Wednesday afternoon, also marks the start of public improvements to the rest of Block 11, the downtown Oswego block bounded by Washington, Main, Van Buren and Adams Streets. When finished, Block 11 will also include a Mexican restaurant along Washington Street, plus additional public parking, underground water, sewer and electrical infrastructure to support further development, and a complete reimagining of the streetscape featuring a pedestrian thoroughfare.
“We’re really excited to be in Oswego now,” said Mann, himself a 20-year resident of Oswego. “I want to see stuff happen here like it’s happened in other communities.”
Mann also hinted at what will be coming to first-floor restaurant space – an independent restaurant with locally sourced meat and produce.
Yorkville-based Imperial Investments is the team behind the development that houses the popular Crusade Burger Bar and other businesses in downtown Yorkville. As a part of the deal between the Village and Imperial, Imperial Investments is responsible for all the costs of private improvements, while the Village will invest in the public improvements, including the publicly owned alleyway, parking and underground infrastructure, to support the development of the entire block. Work on both the new building and the public improvements will begin immediately.
Street and sidewalk closures begin immediately
To facilitate construction, a portion of sidewalk on Main Street and the alley that bisects Block 11 have been closed, and pedestrian detour signs have been posted.
Adams Street, from Washington Street to Van Buren, will be closed on or around Monday, Sept. 23, so that crews can begin construction on underground infrastructure and the complete reconstruction of the street, which, when finished, will also include three new on-street parking spaces.
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