The Fairview Heights City Council voted Tuesday night to approve redevelopment plans to turn one of the city's original shopping centers into a newly designed center.
Councilmen unanimously approved the plan. Alderman Roger Lowry was absent.
The shopping center where Kmart, Petco and Office Max reside will undergo redevelopment and some tenant changes next year.
With council approval of the plans, Dayton, Ohio-based Kimco Realty Corp., the owner of the shopping center at the northwest corner of Illinois 159 and Lincoln Trail in Fairview Heights, will demolish the retail strip and begin construction of a new one by February or March.
A portion of the building was built in the late 1960s and predates the St. Clair Square shopping mall. The 113,127-square-foot store that currently houses Kmart was initially built for Venture. Venture left the shopping center in 1998.
Construction would begin next year, and the new shopping center could open by spring 2014.
The plan calls for demolishing all of the retail space from the existing Office Max on the south end all the way north to the space next to Petco. The new shopping center would be renamed Fairview City Centre and have six new store spaces ranging from 13,000 square feet to 45,000 square feet.
Both Petco and Office Max expect to remain as tenants. Office Max would relocate to a northern store within the new shopping center. Current tenant King's Beauty/Solomon Trading plans to leave the shopping center and relocate to Market Plaza, also in Fairview Heights.
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