A few days ago I wrote about an old Decatur-themed board game from 1982 that I found at an antique store. It was hard not to notice how many of the businesses featured on it are no longer in Decatur, and it didn’t even begin to list all the ones that are gone. However, I’ve noticed quite a few new buildings popping up in Decatur and thought I’d take note of them because it’s been a long time coming to see any new development in town.
Since the Girl Scouts have taken over the former WSOY/Y103 building on East Pershing Road quite a few other new offices buildings have been constructed nearby.
Above: New doctor’s office.
Pella Windows & Doors on E. Pershing.
Next to Pella Windows is a new bank on E. Pershing that is still under construction. I’m not sure what bank branch it’s going to be but it looks like a bank to me. Speaking of banks, well credit unions to be more exact…
The new Staley’s Credit Union branch on the corner of Eldorado and well I’m not sure what the other road is, turned out great. Though the building is small, there is some really nice architectural details.
Below: The building even has a chain gutter waterfall downspout thing. I don’t know what these particular things are called either but they’re cool!
It’s not just commercial buildings that are changing the look of Decatur but its two public high schools. Eisenhower isn’t even recognizable to those who knew its’ former look, which wasn’t all that appealing.
I’ll have to head over and get a picture or two of MacArthur High School. The renovation isn’t yet complete but it is coming along, so pictures to come.
GW Plaza on the corner of Water & Grand is finished and looking good. There are still some empty spaces available for rent but it’s a high-traffic location, so hopefully they’ll be filled soon. I’m just thrilled to see investment in Decatur’s inner-city.
Speaking of inner-city development, as I was traveling from Eisenhower to Eldorado I noticed this new building – Baloo’s BBQ on Jasper Street. I hadn’t seen it before, since I don’t travel this way too often. I’ll have to try it out.
County Market on the corner of Grand and 48 is coming along. It sits across from a Speed Lube and a Walgreen’s. I am noticing a pattern with the new development in town. Wherever a new Walgreen’s locates, new businesses follow, and a Speed Lube is usually nearby as well.
Speaking of Speed Lube, they really do a great job landscaping and beautifying their properties. It just goes to show that any business, providing any service, can have a positive impact in their area. I need to get better pictures of their landscaping on Eldorado. This one doesn’t show how many plants and flowers they’ve planted.
But here are some of the flowers at the Speed Lube on the the corner of Grand and 48.
I have to say that Eldorado Street is beginning to look much, much better. It didn’t look good in 1982 either, or in 1922, for that matter, from old photographs I’ve seen. It’s nice to see the improvements, especially since it’s a major road in town.
Jeesh, I’m really bad with names because I know this area has one. Anyway, it’s on Oakland near Millikin University. Cherry Berry and Headwest Subs are just a couple of the new businesses in the area. I still haven’t tried University Dogs yet but I’ve heard it’s good.
Even the WINeRY or WINErY has had a facelift. I can’t remember which letter was lowercase but it always irked me. I’m just waiting for the new sign to see what it looks like!
I’ve driven by this area dozens of times but it never sunk in that there’s a Garcia’s Pizza located there. I’ve looked at the building and read the sign but the information just bounced off of my brain and reflected into space apparently, until I took a picture of it.
And, drumroll please, it’s almost finished! There are critters in the new mini-golf course FINALLY! It’s finally going to open this month.
Anyway, it’s great to see new things coming to Decatur and even old businesses improving their properties. No they don’t replace everything we’ve lost since 1982 but we’re moving in the right direction, little by little.