ANSWERS: Questions about trash cans in bus shelters, Sprout's Inn bricks, 48th and Broadway

Posted: Aug. 17, 2012 7:24 pm Updated: Sep. 20, 2013 5:53 pm

Why aren't there trash cans in the city bus shelters? There is always so much trash left by bus passengers.

Marty Stegeman, interim director of Quincy Transit Lines, mentioned a couple of reasons for the lack of trash cans. The containers take up valuable seating space in the shelters, plus the city has to arrange for more manpower to clean the containers.

"And that's another job we don't have the manpower to fulfill," he said.

People also previously used the containers to relieve themselves, causing additional cleanup problems.

A recent article about Sprout's Inn noted that commemorative bricks would be sold. When will they be available?

A June 14 fire gutted the historic family restaurant, which first opened in 1940 by Cecil M. "Sprout" McClean at 1029 Broadway and was relocated to its current site at 2810 N. 12th. An excavator started dismantling the remains of the building in late July, and owner Jennifer Wiemelt plans to move the new facility farther to the east so more parking will be available near the lot's 12th Street entrance.

Many bricks were salvaged from the rubble, and Wiemelt said the bricks will be sold for $5 apiece from 4-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the parking lot north of the old Sprout's site. All proceeds will go to the Honor Flight program in memory of her father, Patrick McClean, who bought the restaurant from his mother in 1979. He died Jan. 10, and Wiemelt said her father -- a Vietnam veteran --was an avid supporter of the program.

"I've had several people call the restaurant, which is directed to my home phone," Wiemelt said. "I've even let some of them come to the house to pay for a brick."

What is the story on the property on the northwest corner of 48th and Broadway? It has been vacant for such a long time.

Gloria Turner and her husband, Harold, have operated Turner Bros. Garage, Inc., at 4701 Broadway, for nearly 30 years. The Turners also own the building next to the garage at 4729 Broadway, and it has been empty for about two years after Mutual Wheel moved into the Wismann Ridge Industrial Park.

Gloria didn't want to disclose details about future plans for the building or the lot, only to say that "we're not looking to lease and we're not looking to sell."

Turner Bros. Garage has been in business for about 80 years. The business was started by Harold's father, Herschel Turner, at 24th and State, but after the building was gutted in a 1961 fire, it was relocated to its current location.

Chuck Bevelheimer, director of planning and development, called the area "the next developable corner along the Broadway strip" because of the size of the lot and the traffic signal at the intersection. "It's got potential to be something significant," he said.

Jim Mentesti, president of the Great River Economic Development Foundationn, said a Cash and Carry payday loan office moved earlier this month into a building previously owned by chiropractor Dr. Becky Grimm at 4805 Broadway on the northeast corner of the intersection.

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