By MAGGIE MENDERSKI
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
The Quincy Plan Commission recommended approval for a wine shop at the western end of a strip mall at 2802 Broadway despite concerns raised by a nearby resident.
Bob Taylor, of 2809 Vermont, asked commissioners to consider the harm the business could potentially do to his property and to others south of the strip mall, which is owned by Dennis Boudreau.
Taylor said he fears that foot traffic will increase on his property and others, and additional vehicle traffic could pose a safety risk for adults and children. The mall already houses other businesses, but Boudreau said unattended minors would not be allowed in the wine shop.
Taylor requested that Boudreau place a gate in an open area near the property line, but Boudrean contended that the area was only large enough for an underaged child. Boudreau instead offered to show Taylor the property line so Taylor could install his own gate.
"It would be quite an expense … but if we have to we have to," Taylor said.
Commissioners approved the request without any restrictions.
The commission also approved a request to rezone an area on North 48th Street to limited local commercial.
Neal Slattery, staff engineer for Americare Properties Inc. of Columbia, Mo., presented plans for an assisted living facility at 213 N. 48th. Plans call for two, one-story buildings of 21,000 and 11,000 square feet, respectively.
The development will have 44 units for seniors in need of minimal living assistance.
Commissioners also recommended approval of a zoning change for two properties in the 1500 block of Broadway.
Tammy Vahle and Tracy Orne petitioned to rezone the property at 1521 Broadway from two-family residential to limited local commercial. The second property at 1529 Broadway, owned by Earl and Reva Hochgraber, was also rezoned under similar circumstances so all properties on that block are zoned the same.
Vahle and Orne said they plan to sell the property to a buyer who wants to open a counseling center on the site. The Hochgrabers do not intend to do anything differently with their property.
The commission also reviewed and approved site and building plans for First Farm Credit Services at 5317 State. The business plans to relocate there, and needed the property to be rezoned planned commercial development.
All recommendations will be forwarded to the Quincy City Council, which will have final say.
Editor's note: This story has been updated since its original posting.