Does the city plow roads in the Prairie Trail Shopping Center?

Construction finishes up on Dick’s Sporting Goods last May in the Prairie Trail Shopping Center. City crews plow the roads in the development as they are city streets. | H-W File Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 20, 2017 12:01 am

I saw the city of Quincy snowplows plowing snow on the streets this winter in the Prairie Trail Shopping Center. There were two trucks tag-teaming to clear snow on the streets. They were not in the parking lot. Are the roads in the shopping center considered city streets?

The roads you are referring to, including North 61st, are city streets.

Jeffrey Conte, director of Utilities and Engineering for the city, said the city maintains the streets but is not responsible for the parking lots.

Director of Central Services Kevin McClean said the roads are maintained by the city, so when you saw plows there, it was part of the regular responsibilities of Central Services.

Conte was unaware of any similar situations where the city owned and maintained streets heading into a development.

The shopping center, which opened in 2003 under the Prairie Crossing name, is owned by Orix Sansone Quincy Venture, comprising the Dallas-based Orix Corp. and the St. Louis Sansone Group.

Businesses are Dick's Sporting Goods, Five Below, Lowe's, Kohl's, Old Navy, Shoe Carnival, TJ Maxx, Snap Fitness, Great Clips, Buffalo Wild Wings, Best Buy and Jen Nails.

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