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Baskin-Robbins, Dunkin Donuts could come to Streator

A Streator native's legacy will return to his hometown.

A Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin Donuts store are planned for a strip mall at the southeast corner of Marilla Park Road and North Bloomington Street. 

The property is owned by Midland States Bank and is being sold to a commercial developer who plans to construct an 8,000-square-foot strip mall with five shop locations.
Burt Baskin, co-founder of Baskin-Robbins, was born in Streator in 1913 and graduated from Streator High School.
The developer has requested a half of the incremental taxes for TIF 2, which will last 11 years, according to board documents for Wednesday night's City Council meeting.
In a short phone interview Tuesday evening, City Manager Scot Wrighton said the developer looked at a number of project sites and the development wouldn't have come about without the TIF.

The City Council will vote whether to approve the redevelopment agreement during its meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The documents also estimate the city incentive will leverage up to 50 new jobs, more than $7 million in land and construction investment and more than $3 million in annual retail sales.

The Baskin Robbins/Dunkin Donuts store would occupy the largest of the five shops, at 2,200 square feet in the proposed strip mall. The other four shops will be 1,472 square feet. Wrighton said the developer is actively marketing the other shops.

The developer anticipates completing construction on the building in July.
Streator previously had a Dunkin Donuts at 111 E. Bridge St., which has since closed. A Mr. J's restaurant is in that location. Streator also had a Baskin-Robbins decades ago, located at Westgate Plaza, but it has long since closed.

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