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Demolition of old house makes way for new venture

Food truck owner Tajchman plans to build new restaurant on site

Staff writer

Even before demolition finished last week on a home and garage at N. Roosevelt and E. Main Sts. in Marion, lot owner Josh Tajchman was pleased with how much better the lot looked.

“It already looks so much different just to be able to see Main St.,” he said.

The Tajchmans will park their food truck there, for now, but eventually plan to build a restaurant there.

Choosing E. Main St. as their business’ permanent location was a strategic move, Alison Tajchman said.

“The location is great because you have all the traffic from Casey’s, Subway, and the bank,” she said.

The future restaurant’s name? “That One Place,” Alison said.

“Everyone knows Casey’s, so we’ll be ‘That One Place’ right next to Casey’s,” she said.

Having a restaurant will provide extra space to work with, allowing Josh to expand his menu, but he said his trademark So-Cal Mexican will still be on the menu. One factor that affected the demolition was disposal cost, or lack thereof.

Disposal of construction waste normally costs $40 a ton at Marion County transfer station.

County commissioners last week discussed reinstating a discontinued policy waiving construction and demolition waste fees. The Tajchmans’ bill is being held until a decision is made on whether to renew the program.

According to Josh, there was no plan to renovate the home.

“Updating the house was never even an option,” he said. “It was an early-1900s house that was not in good shape. It would have cost more to try renovating the property than to just tear it down and start fresh.”

Last modified Feb. 27, 2020

 

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