8/17/17 – Construction is expected to move forward again soon on a retail development in the city of Fox Lake that is bringing Leroy Meats and Subway restaurant. The project was halted in the spring when an arrowhead and other small Native American artifacts were discovered during engineering. Mayor Tom Bednarek says the project was given the go ahead by the state Historical Society late last month, and now it’s just a matter of securing routine permits from the state Department of Natural Resources. Bednarek says the time table has Leroy Meats wrapping up the project by the end of the year. Subway Restaurant is expected to get the footings of their building poured this year with the project resuming in the spring. The original plan was to break ground in June and have the whole retail complex completed by October. The discovery of the artifacts cost the city $40-thousand dollars to sort out; the money will be coming from a grant. The project is being funded by a $300-thousand-dollar state public facilities grant, which required the archeological study that led to the discovery. Bednarek says many of the artifacts discovered with about the size of his thumb though there was a large sharpening stone also recovered. Leroy Meats is building an 11-thousand-square-foot retail and production operation. At least 15 full-time jobs are expected. The development will add $1.4-to-1.5-million dollars in taxable property in a TIF District that will be active for another 18 years. Another 11 acres are still available for retail development.
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