Plan Commission Approves Medical Development


Published on October 9 2012 7:22 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Effingham City Plan Commission members Tuesday approved an alteration of a medical development in an open area a few blocks north of St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital.

The property is located west of North Maple Street, north of Eden Avenue and east of Medical Park Drive.  Two tracts of land, one more than nine acres in size, the other 1-1/2 acres, are included in a planned district. 

Ryan Witges of Agracel, the firm that manages the property, said they have a prospective purchaser of both tracts of land.

The Plan Commission also approved the rezoning of property owned by Mel and Art Willenborg along the north side of Illinois 33 next to Woodlawn Cemetery.  KCH Mechanical wants to buy the property and relocate their business there from their current location along North 3rd Street.  Kevin Chambers of KCH said they plan a metal building with a brick front.

Commissioners also approved the rezoning of a portion of a lot at the southeast corner of North 3rd Street and East Rickelman Avenue.  The portion of the lot is zoned light industrial, where the rest of the lot is zoned highway commercial district and developer Gene Niemerg of Rhodes Development Group said his group would like the lot completely zoned highway commercial.  Niemerg said the group has been talking with several interests desiring to develop a large gas station on the corner location.

The Commission also recommended the approval of a plat of the property near the 3rd and Rickelman southeast intersection.  The land now houses a Subway sandwich shop, the former Foxx's Den restaurant and a service station converted into a package liquor store.

Commissioners also recommended the rezoning of Jefferson Avenue Subdivision on the northeast corner of 3rd and Jefferson.  The lot includes the current and future 5th/3rd Bank buildings as well as the commercial building on the east part of the block.

The City Council will have to take final action on all of the recommendations made by the Plan Commission.