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Akil Ajmeri, developer of the $1.2 million Ayra's project, middle, stands with his family including: daughters Ayman, 8, Ayra, 10, in the front row and nephew Haider Ali, 18, left, and brother Shiraz, right, in the back row next to Akil in front of his recently completed project on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Akil Ajmeri named the service station after daughter Ayra and the Subway after his daughter Ayman. The Washington Avenue property, site of the former Schaefer Pontiac auto dealership, consists of five city parcels combined. Five to six years ago, the Schaefer family donated the property to the city, which removed a decrepit building to create a redevelopment site which is sold to Ajmeri for $10,000. / Scott Anderson scott.anderson@journaltimes.com 

RACINE - A $1.2 million commercial development has opened between Downtown and Uptown. 

The gas station, convenience store and Subway shop is located in the 1100 block of Washington Avenue. Akil Ajmeri, owner of several Ayra’s businesses in the Racine area, signed a development agreement with the city for the property in late 2012.

The Washington Avenue property, site of the former Schaefer Pontiac auto dealership, consists of five city parcels combined. The Schaefer family donated the property to the city, which removed a decrepit building to create a development site.

Ajmeri, a Caledonia resident, owns several area gas stations, Subway restaurants and liquor stores, all doing business under the name Ayra’s, after his daughter.

He has previously said this is his largest project yet. It is also his first in an inner-city environment.

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