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Updated: March 28, 2013 6:33AM

EAST DUNDEE — At 7 a.m. Tuesday, DeLoris Doederlein got the call from a friend that the yellow building across from the Anvil Club, part of the former Doederlein Lumber Co. complex, was set to be demolished.

“I came right over,” Doederlein said.

The demolition began at 7:30 a.m., and by 10:30 a.m. the building was in shambles on the ground.

Doederlein parked herself with friends and coffee at nearby Piece-A-Cake bakery to watch the process.

“I just sat here nice and warm,” she said with a laugh.

She also made conversation with people who stopped in at the bakery who were wondering what was going on.

The warehouse and property were donated by Doederlein to the village to make way for East Dundee’s downtown revitalization effort.

“It’s a new view,” Doederlein said. “Now we need some green grass and trees there.”

Jeff Noesen, of the Des Plaines-based Albrecht Enterprises, said the excavation company wanted to get the demolition done Tuesday before the predicted snowstorm hit.

The warehouse was built in the 1850s.

“It’s so old that every time I touched it I thought it was going to go,” Noesen said.

Instead, he was in for a surprise.

“That building was stubborn,” he said. “It didn’t want to come down.”

Noesen anticipated the remains would be hauled away and the area cleaned up by Wednesday.

Trustee Lael Miller came to watch the demolition. He also grabbed a few pieces of the old building so the village could make a plaque.

“It’s sad to see it go, but it’s progress,” he said, “and it’s going to help kick off our revitalization effort.”

Doederlein is partnering with Tom Roeser, president of OTTO Engineering in neighboring Carpentersville, to help East Dundee officials move forward on plans to make the downtown a notable Fox Valley destination.

The focus will be on enhancing the Depot Plaza Square area, which includes concepts for public improvements as well as private development projects. Some proposed amenities for the area — which includes Barrington, Meier and River streets — are a children’s splash pad, removable ice rink, restaurant, retail and even an upscale apartment complex.

Lidia Reinhardt, owner of Expression’s Hair & Day Spa across from the demolished building, said she is excited about the village’s plans for the area.

“It’s going to improve all of our property values and bring more traffic into the downtown,” she said.

Reinhardt opened her business in East Dundee 14 years ago. Since then, she has seen businesses come and go.

But, she said, “things are better now. Businesses are coming in, and they’re staying.”

One client was getting her hair done Tuesday morning in a window seat at the salon.

“She got some great entertainment,” Reinhardt said with a laugh. “She was very impressed.”

Doederlein said too often East Dundee is lost in the shuffle.

With the revitalization plans, “we’re going to make a go,” she said.

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