Demolition begins on Keystone property to make way for Cornerstone Commons

Demolition work began Wednesday on the former Keystone Auto Group facility. Photo courtesy Nick Boehm.
Demolition work began Wednesday on the former Keystone Auto Group facility. Photo courtesy Nick Boehm.

Demolition crews this week began tearing down buildings on the former Keystone Auto Group property on Johnson Drive, the first step toward construction of the Cornerstone Commons property that will include a Natural Grocers and four new restaurants.

Matthew Pennington, the director of development for Christie Development Associates, said the teardown process may take a couple of weeks. Pennington said the company is hoping to begin site work — tearing out the existing asphalt and doing grading work — within the next 30 days.

“We have to get this thing back to dirt,” he said. “It’s usually something we don’t have to deal with, but the demolition process is something we have to do with this project.”

The Mission city council earlier this week discussed granting an easement for the city to relocate a stormwater pipe through the property, a move that would likely reduce disruptions along Johnson Drive. Pennington said the only impact to traffic from construction on the project would be along Barkley Street.

Pennington said the company anticipates being able to have construction of the new facilities complete by the end of 2015. The company’s Community Improvement District agreement with the city requires that the project be wrapped up by June 2016.

(H/T to reader Nick Boehm for the heads up and the photos and video).