Planning and zoning approves complete reconstruction of Arby’s


The Galesburg Arby’s location will soon begin a complete rebuild.

The Planning and Zoning Commission passed a site review for a drive-thru last night which was required for the reconstruction of the restaurant at 1661 N. Henderson St.

City Associate Planner Steve Gugliotta says the drive-thru schematics will change on the new building.

“It’s going to be re-located,” Gugliotta says. “The actual pick-up window is going to be on the north side of the building instead of having to drive all the way around.”

Reconstruction and preparing a new building is expected to get underway in the spring.

In other news, representatives of Taco John’s which is set to return to Galesburg in a few weeks appeared before the commission last night to ask for an exception to a city signage rule.

The commission passed with a 6-0 vote to grant Jeff Pickrel of Galesburg Sign and Lighting an ordinance variance that requires signs be set ten feet back from the street.

The need to ask for the exception is due to the rule that went into effect in 2010.

Taco John’s plans on using the existing pole at the 1922 Henderson St. location that only sits three feet back.

The previous occupants Spudo’s that opened in 2009 and Fazoli’s in 1997 came along before the ordinance went into effect, so the rule didn’t apply.

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