Ordinances approved for former Madison, Adams schools projects

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 31, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY -- Ordinances required for the planned development of the former Madison and Adams schools were approved Monday by the Quincy City Council.

The two schools were sold earlier this year to John Rupp, and his sons, Blake and Bryce, with plans to convert Madison, 2434 Maine, into 20 market-rate apartments and Adams, 2001 Jefferson, into light office space and apartments.

The ordinances called for rezoning Madison to multi-family residential and a special use permit for Adams to allow for offices and living space, as well as a parking lot on the south side of the building. A third ordinance vacates an alley on the property.

The ordinances were up for first reading, but Alderman Mike Farha, R-4, asked that the council move ahead with adoption as the developer wished to move ahead of the project.

Farha reiterated that work at the former schools wouldn't start until building permits are issued by the Department of Planning and Development.

Aldermen also heard the first reading of a proposed ordinance to grant a special use permit for the former Dewey School, 2040. The school was sold last year.

Developers Benjamin Hickman, of Hannibal, Mo., and Kyle Terstiep of Liberty, plan to convert the former school at 2040 Cherry, into 13 apartments and four event spaces.

At the Dec. 17, Plan Commission meeting, Hickman told The Herald-Whig that plans call for work to start in February. It is expected to be completed in phases.

In other business, aldermen approved fund increases to allow for expenses associated with previously approved work for the Downtown Rental Rehab Program and Parking Lot D construction.