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Jo-Ann Fabrics, Marshalls stores likely to open in Dillons building

By Corene Brisendine

A plan to renovate the old Dillons building in Westloop to make way for a Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts store and Marshalls department store awaits final approval by the planning board on Dec. 3.

Phase 3 of the Westloop Shopping Center development is finally being brought before Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board. If approved, the building that used to house Dillons will receive interior and exterior renovations to accommodate the planned tenants to the store.

Jo-Ann Fabric will use 22,000 square feet of the northern end of the building. It also will have a new entrance. Marshalls will be housed in the southern 25,080 square feet and use the existing entrance.

Proposed exterior improvements include the addition of “parapets, topped with a cornice” on the front and removal of the old pharmacy drive-thru. Dry-stacked stone columns similar to others in the shopping center have also been proposed for the entrances.

Each store would get new signs, as well as landscaping on the storefront.

Dillons left the old building for a new structure across the parking lot, where it reopened in April.

The planning board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the City Commission Room in City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave. The board will decide to approve the final development plan of phase three and allow the plan to move forward to city commission for final approval.

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