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K’s Creek owners converting former Jacksonville bank to mixed-use marketplace

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The owners of K’s Creek Golf Club & Kitchen 63 are preparing to add to their downtown Jacksonville plaza.

John Rohn said he and his wife Rachel purchased a building at 73 E. Central Park Plaza and renamed it The Plaza. The planned store will contain 16,000 square feet of retail suites on the main floor, which will surround a new indoor market.

The second floor of the building will contain 14,000 square feet of professional and office suites. Ron said he and his wife plan to clean the building’s basement in case one of the tenants on the second floor needs more space.

Ron said that one of the new businesses that will be at The Plaza will be a virtual reality axe-throwing/escape room combo called The Vault. He said that the axe-throwing field was originally intended for K creek and that his wife was particularly enthusiastic about the work.

“(It will be) the only mix of its kind in the central Illinois area,” Ron said.

While still in the early stages of planning, Ron said several people have contacted the couple about having space in the building. He said they expected it to be rented quickly once the plans were finalized and would be wise with the companies they allow in The Plaza.

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“We will be selective about our tenants to ensure that everyone we bring here complements the other businesses around us,” Ron said. “We want to be very, very careful not to bring in business that will do any harm to those who are already there.”

The goal of this renovation, Ron said, is to “take a vacant building that has been virtually vacant for over a decade and create an attractive space where new businesses can join our burgeoning downtown scene.”

He said the couple believe the project will provide new jobs and foot traffic into downtown, noting that they hope The Vault will attract people from out of town and those who visit Jacksonville for other reasons to the building.

Work began on the building Monday morning. Construction cannot begin until the city gives the green light, but Ron said he expects to begin within the next month. He said he wasn’t sure when it would be completed, but he was hoping to have The Plaza’s first tenant, whether it’s The Vault or another company, in the building by the beginning of 2023.

Constructed in 1870, the building was the former site of the Elliott Bank Building. Ron said the last time it was redesigned was in 1986.

This is the second announcement in recent weeks of a downtown building being restored as a business.

Gillham House is set to open this month at 326 W. State St. It will be home to three to four small business storefronts, including Nothing Fancy Supply Co. , which manufactures beeswax wrappers. Other products that will be available in-store include cosmetics and health items from Auburn-based Bewitching Botanicals.

The building was formerly Buchanan Funeral Home before it became Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home and was moved to Lincoln Avenue.

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