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(WSPYnews.com photo by Mark Harrington)

With the second redevelopment ground-breaking ceremony in downtown Oswego in six months, the new developer Imperial Investments actually moved dirt Wednesday. One block away, the huge Shodeen project remains untouched.

Imperial Investments, based in Yorkville, will operate a first-floor restaurant, while offices take up the second and third floors at the former Oswego Village Hall vacant site, the building at a value of $3.2 million. This is Mike Mann, Director of Development for Imperial.

On the new building’s office space, Mann had this answer.

WSPY News asked Mann how this Oswego development is different than those Imperial has waiting in downtown Yorkville behind Van Emmon Street, including the former Farm Bureau building, now owned by Imperial that will be turned into leased offices.

Mann talked about the former FS property in downtown Yorkville, attributing the new building plan delays to brownfield cleanup, the nearby railroad spur and extra time needed.

Imperial also owns vacant property adjacent and north of the old Main Street Oswego fire department building, and Mann, an Oswego resident, had this to say about other village locations.

He talked about the former FS property in downtown Yorkville, attributing the new building plan delays to brownfield cleanup, the nearby railroad spur and extra time needed.

Meanwhile, decisions regarding the closed Dairy Hut, a longtime Oswego establishment, will be made next week, according to Mann, who did not indicate if the building will be demolished. Imperial bought the business in August after previous ownership closed the doors.

But as people left the ground-breaking ceremony, one junior high boy walking by, yelled  “keep the Dairy Hut, save the memories!”