ANSWERS: Questions about 12th and Hampshire, 36th and Payson Road

Posted: Dec. 28, 2012 8:14 pm Updated: Nov. 28, 2014 3:32 pm

What are the plans for the property on the northeast corner of 12th and Hampshire? This used to be an appliance store.

Chuck Bevelheimer, director of planning and development for the city, says no redevelopment plans are in the works "that I am aware of." He said the building has not be in use for a few years.

The property at 206 N. 12th is owned by Steve and Tracy Disselhorst of Quincy, owners of All-Line Equipment Co. According to the All-Line website, the company was formed in March 2001, and Disselhorst has been in the petroleum industry since May 1984. A representative from the company said All-Line does a lot of construction work in the petroleum business and builds gas stations throughout Illinois, and the 12th Street property was once used for storage for All-Line. Phone messages to Steve Disselhorst were not returned.


What is the status of the convenience center that Niemann's was going to build at 36th and Payson Road?

The Quincy City Council approved an ordinance on Oct. 26, 2009, that would have allowed Niemann Foods Inc. to build a convenience store on property northwest of the 36th and Payson Road intersection. The property was rezoned from C1B to C2. However, Bevelheimer said he has not heard any news on future plans at that site.

Gerry Kettler, director of consumer affairs for Niemann Foods Inc., said the company has nothing specific planned for that property.

"During that period (late 2009), the state was changing all of that intersection with all of the roads, and at that point, if we ever wanted to put a convenience store out there, that was the time to look into future development," Kettler said. "As of right now, it's still a future development."


An update on the Plaza house dressing:

Two readers chimed in with what they thought were the recipes for the house dressing at the Plaza. One woman from Quincy said she had typed the recipe using an old electric typewriter that she bought in the mid-1960s, and she had tucked it away in her kitchen. Another woman from Warsaw said she had seen the recipe included in a cookbook that had been sold in Hancock County. Comparing the recipes, however, showed that while the ingredients (lemon juice, ketchup, mayonnaise, Tabasco and garlic powder) were similar, the amounts used in creating the salad dressing were not.

And unless John Mitchell, the owner of the Plaza for the last 14 years of its existence, decides to reveal his recipe, we'll never know if either of them are right.


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