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Dollar General Store developers ask for city's assistance     Send a link to a friend

[NOV. 26, 2004]  Members of the sewer committee listened to Dollar General Store representatives who are looking into the purchase of property on Limit Street near Tremont Street. The property is on a block that is mostly undeveloped.

Greg and Tim Korte of K&K Real Estate, Highland, asked if the city would cover the cost of running sewer up to the property line. This would be 250 feet from the nearest manhole on Tremont Street.

Sewer manager Grant Eaton suggested that it would be to the city's advantage if the city would run sewer along the undeveloped area to the north of the property along Limit Street. The Tremont sewer would be at maximum with the addition. Running along Limit Street would save additional expense and time in the case other businesses would like to build in the area. This extension would increase the total line to 960 linear feet.

An additional advantage to running it along Limit Street would be that frequent flooding in the area would be relieved.

The representatives were told that the city would welcome their development and is ready to work with them. Mayor Beth Davis asked if Dollar General would be willing to pay for a portion of the installation.

City attorney Bill Bates also mentioned that it was recently discovered on another commercial development that contractors can sometimes get better prices since they are already working the site. The city worked with a developer for the new Coy Car Center subdivision and through a joint venture paid only $40 per linear foot. Bates inquired if Korte would look into this possibility.

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The conservative ballpark figure Eaton suggests for the city to get this done is an estimated $100-$125 per linear foot. This would mean a cost of either $25,000 or $95,000, depending on the option the city chooses.

Greg Korte agreed that he thought they could probably get a better price and he would look into it.

Committee chairman Buzz Busby said, "Before the city gets started on the sewer, I would like to see a building permit and a go for everything."

The developers said they would take the information to Dollar General Store.

The development time is dependent on permits and approval, including IDOT, but the sooner the better, Korte said.

[Jan Youngquist]

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