Demolition is Underway at Mayon Site

Developers expect a late fall completion on the 17th Avenue North property.

Workers are in the midst of demolition at the old Mayon Plastics building at 415 17th Ave. N.

Developers are submitting final plans this week for permit approval, said Sheldon Berg—an associate with DJR Architecture, which is working with Minneapolis-based Swervo Development Corp. on the project.

The companies plan to remove the west side of the building. That will leave the east side with 10,800 square feet of retail space—allowing up to seven retailers in the building.

The project is still on track for a late fall completion, Berg told Patch on Monday.

The owners are still marketing the building to potential lessees, he said. There are not yet any specifics on what companies will occupy the site.

DJR and Swervo are the first companies to show concrete progress on the Mayon property. Deephaven-based Stonehenge USA that it expected a national sport haircut business, a national paint and decorating business and a tanning operation to occupy some of the building’s five or six spaces. But it wanted leases for about 70 percent of the spaces before it would move forward and eventually abandoned the project.

DJR was actually involved in the first attempt, in 2008, to remake the Mayon building and reviewed plans from the previous two attempts in putting together this most recent project.

The green building at the corner of 17th Avenue and Highway 7 was long home to a plant that made plastic tubing—although at one point plastic tubing was made on one side of the building and mayonnaise was made on the other.


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Andrea L. August 20, 2012 at 03:36 PM
It will be so refreshing to have something there!
swimmom August 20, 2012 at 05:20 PM
ABOUT TIME! For the city to let this eye sore remain in its dilapidated state for so many years in such a high-profile location is RIDICULOUS! Thousands of cars drive through that intersection every day. With its peeling paint and sagging walls, I expected it to fall on its own before the city did anything.
Donna Duchene August 21, 2012 at 01:53 PM
You are so-o-o right. It IS about time. Have been trying to find the leadership quotent in our city for a long time. This property should have been agressively marketed years ago.
Stephanie Pakenham August 22, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I vote for Trader Joe's to take over this site!
Donna Duchene August 22, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Trader Joe's gets my vote!


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