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home : news : business   May 24, 2016

8/3/2013 5:57:00 AM
Gas station demolition waiting on brick building (video)


Piles of concrete that once were a Clark gas station rest in a lot at the corner of Bucklin and Third streets, La Salle. A Beck’s convenience store is expected be built on the lot.  NewsTribune photo/Genna Ord
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Piles of concrete that once were a Clark gas station rest in a lot at the corner of Bucklin and Third streets, La Salle. A Beck’s convenience store is expected be built on the lot. 

NewsTribune photo/Genna Ord
Jeff Dankert
NewsTribune Reporter



The neighborhood at Bucklin Street and U.S. 6 in La Salle is undergoing rapid change.
The northwest corner of this intersection has opened up since crews began demolishing buildings in mid-July to make way for a new Beck’s convenience store.
The first to go were two homes along an alley off Bucklin. The most prominent landmark there, a Clark gas station, was torn down.
Earlier this week a torch-cutter helped take down the sign. Once there were only two bolts holding it upright. John Rupe of JBR Earthscapes, Wenona positioned his excavator off to one side and nudged the sign to the ground.
Excavation of the home foundations left some piles of concrete and dirt piled around, Rupe said.
Since the sign came down Monday, Rupe has been watching and waiting. His biggest job awaits to the west — a brick building that last housed Jackson’s Water Care and a dog salon.
Crews were busy Tuesday and Wednesday gutting salvageable steel out of the old building. And old fire alarm mounted on the outside will be saved, Rupe said. A smaller attached building to the west will remain, Rupe said.
Around back, neighbor Ralph “Polo” Bacidore watched and loaned the crew a wood and metal saw from his nearby garage.
Bacidore remembers the history of the building. He worked in a tire shop there prior to graduating from high school in 1947.
The tire shop had been there for years, he said.
After that, and in chronological order to the best of Bacidore’s memory, came Ryan Cawley’s Chrysler shop and showroom, Herman Kiefel’s automotive repair shop, Rotunda Motors and Ace Hardware, he said.
Opening of the Beck’s station is anticipated later this year, according to Beck Oil Co. of Princeton, which has 17 Beck’s stations in northern Illinois and southeast Iowa.

Jeff Dankert can be reached through ntlocal@newstrib.com












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