CHAMPAIGN — Demolition has finally begun on the College Corner Mall building on the southwest corner of Fourth and Green streets in Champaign.
The building is being torn down to make way for an eight-story apartment building that will stand just east of the 24-story apartment building at 309 E. Green St. The two buildings will be connected by a bridge.
The new building, being developed by Campus Acquisitions LLC, is called 311 Green and is expected to have 70 units, with a total 154 bedrooms.
As planned, the first floor will have 6,400 square feet of retail space, with apartments on the second through eighth floors.
Plans call for 28 two-bed apartments, 21 one-bed apartments, seven three-bed apartments and 14 four-bed apartments.
Initially, developers wanted to build a 20-story tower on the site. But in 2009, they scaled back plans to an eight-story building. At that time, the company expected to begin construction in spring 2010, with completion slated for August 2011.
But the time table fell back, partly because a tenant of the College Corner Mall had a lease that didn't expire until this year.