Attorney Phil Montalvo was present for the Graue project, and Eric
Burwell was there for the I-55 Commercial Park.
City attorney Bill
Bates provided the summaries and answered questions raised by
aldermen. A concern was raised at the council meeting from area
businesses and at the Lincoln Planning Commission meeting by
Culver's owner Elaine Aue that business patrons in that area would
have street access to the street that will run on the easement in
front of the Graue property.
While the road will not be owned by the city, it will be on the
property easement, and the development agreement stipulates that
whoever is owner of the property will keep that road accessible.
Lincoln Street Superintendent Tracy Jackson confirmed that the
street will be on the city's snowplowing list and will be completely
cleared between Connolly Road and Beverly Drive, with no breaks or
Chris Graue said that they will not be parking any cars along that
road, and it will be open for public use at all times. Graue assured
Aue that he thought the businesses would be good neighbors; there
would many hungry, out-of-town customers and their large staff
eating their burgers too.
Bates told council members that the Lincoln Planning Commission
had determined 8-0 to recommend approval for the business
development plan for that location to the council.
The final plat for the I-55 Commercial Park was approved 8-0 by
the Lincoln Planning Commission as well. The subdivision plat had
been revised to add another parcel and it had been re-subdivided.
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It has six salable lots: five parcels owned by BLP, represented by
Eric Burwell, and a parcel owned by Norman Muck, Norma Muck and the
Harold Park estate.
The property is bordered by Interstate 55 to the west, Route 10
and Woodlawn Road to the north, Heitmann Drive to the east, and
Olson Drive to the south. Ball Drive runs north and south between
the lots. Russell Stover Candies and Holiday Inn Express are at the
corner and between lots on the south side.
A parcel owned by Muck was added for a more complete subdivision.
The redividing causes a couple of the inner lots to not have
access to city sewer, and it was stipulated that buyers of those
parcels need to be apprised that they would need to install
injectors at their own expense.
The plans for the retention pond for that area had changed. It
has been relocated to the northwest corner lot, and as such the
buyers of Lot 1 would need to be made aware that they would be
responsible for the maintenance of that pond.
Greene and Bradford of Springfield served as engineers for both
There were no objections raised to either plans at the planning
commission or at the council meeting, nor has city zoning officer
Les Last received any objections.
The plans will come to a final vote before the council at their
business session on May 7.