Freeport – The City of Freeport annouced earlier today plans to domolish the former Oky Doky convenience store on Galena Avenue, the City’s main corridor. In a press release issued this afternoon, the city said that the Oky Doky convenience store is a long standing community eye sore along the City’s main corridor and has been in litigation for the past four years.
Mayor Jim Gitz says, “This demolition is the latest in a series of blight control measures that the City is taking to not only improve the City’s major traffic corridors, but the City’s older neighborhoods“. The Oky Doky demolition is paid for by the City’s own funds. The City is also demolishing the End Zone commercial property located at 1135 S. Galena Ave., further south on Galena as part of the same demolition contract.
Both structures, together with two houses that are tied to these properties are being taken down by G&G Excavating and Construction pursuant to a bidding process conducted by the City. G&G was the low bidder.
When these demolitions are complete, the sites will be excavated, filled in and landscaped. The City will place liens on the properties for all costs incurred.
To date the City of Freeport has demolished or facilitated the demolition of more than 52 residential and commercial structures that were unsafe, abandoned and vacant. The City’s efforts have been recognized and commended at the State level.