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|Raufeisen Development Still Under Scrutiny
|It may have only been on first reading at Monday's Galesburg City Council meeting, but amending plans for a development across from the Seminary Square Shopping Center are already causing concerns.
Questions have arisen regarding the state of the retention pond if approved in phases and the length of time spent on developing the "Stisser" property -- part of what the developer needs for the hotel/retail/housing project.
Due to Raufeisen Development's inability to come to an agreement with the "Stisser" estate, there is a three-year time frame to develop or sell the site.
Community Development Director Roy Parkin says the three year request was made between the City and the "Stisser" estate.
"The property is not zoned for the R-2 until such time that the subdivision plat for that appropriate phase is submitted, recommended by planning and zoning, approved by Council and recorded," says Parkin. "The phase two, it'll be maintained R-1A zoning until such time that a subdivision plat is recorded in accordance with our requirements and is approved by Council."
Raufeisen Development would go about developing a hotel first if the amendment is approved by the City Council.
Residents most affected by the development were also concerned about the possibility of landlocked property if phases are approved.
Local Attorney Barry Barash says the he thinks City administration's idea of splitting a portion of the vacated property is a good idea.
"The entire crossed-hatched road will be vacated," says Barash. "Half of the vacated portion will go to lot 40, half of it will go to lot 39 but at the time we signed the petition to vacate, it was signed by the Stisser estate," says Barash.
City Administration quelled representing attorney's concerns about access.
The Council will vote on the amendment at their next meeting.
|02 04 13 by Newsroom
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