Annexation and rezoning approved for future ALMH property
increases number of package and restaurant liquor licenses
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[April 03, 2007]
Monday night the Lincoln City
Council approved both the annexation into the city and the rezoning
to C-2 use of 58 acres that Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital is in
the process of purchasing. The property is located southwest of the
Logan County Fairgrounds, along Lincoln Parkway.
Aldermen agreed to modify the city liquor code to include more
package liquor and restaurant licenses. The move to increase the
number of licenses available for these two classes is directly
related to the expansion of the Lincoln business district on
There were no package licenses available for Beck Oil, a gas
station that is expected to open the last of May. Wal-Mart got the
last one, Mayor Beth Davis said last week.
It is known that there is at least one new restaurant also coming
out that way that will be putting in a request, and more businesses
anticipated for that area would also be putting in requests.
Alderman Verl Prather wished to point out that there is no
increase in Class B licenses, designed to serve taverns, and that
under Mayor Beth Davis, as liquor commissioner, there are more
strict requirements for businesses selling alcohol to meet.
Class A, packaged
liquors -- none available; increased by five; not to exceed 20
Class B, tavern --
not increased; one available
Class C, restaurant
-- one was available; increased by two; three available; not to
exceed 12 licenses
In another zoning matter, Lincoln residents Mike and Juanita
Buttell of 1027 N. Sangamon St. requested a rezoning of their
residential property from I-2 to I-1. The property zoning predates
city code. City code does not allow residential in I-2, but it is
allowed where it existed before city code.
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There is no problem with them living in the home or if someone else
were to buy it and live there, city attorney Bill Bates explained at
last week's city workshop session. However, there is a problem
showing up often now when homeowners want to sell their homes and
out-of-town lending institutions are involved, he said. Because the
home is nonconforming to code, if it were to burn down, it could not
be rebuilt. Loans are sometimes being turned down because of that,
and in this instance it disrupted the sale of the home.
standard procedure with any rezoning request, notices went out to
the neighbors of this property. The neighboring properties are the
same: zoned for I-2 industrial use but with residential homes built
on them. Bates said he would expect that some of those neighbors
might be making a trip down to the City Hall zoning office to also
put in rezoning requests.
There are a number of other older neighborhoods and properties
that are in the same situation around town.
Monday night the council unanimously approved rezoning for the
Buttell property from I-2 to I-1.
The city of Lincoln will celebrate Arbor Day on April 18 this
year. A proclamation was read recognizing the beauty, health and
environmental benefits that trees provide.
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