Village Development, the company in charge of building the new Walgreens store on the 800 block of Lake Avenue, requested a rezoning change from a central commercial district into a central business district from the Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday night. The board recommended approval, but cited concerns to provide sidewalks for foot traffic.
Project Coordinator Jon Thomas and Village Development lawyer Jennifer Strand went before Planning and Zoning with the request.
According to the plans Thomas presented, the store will have an entrance facing northeast and points of entry at the south end of the block on Lake Avenue and Michigan Street.
Steve Neuroth, who lives directly west of the Walgreens property, voiced concern about headlights of vehicles leaving onto Michigan St.
"I'm not positive but I believe it's set up so that it will be south of the front of your house," Thomas said.
Neuroth also brought up a concern as well about having sidewalks all the way around the property. "There is a lot of foot traffic that goes across there and it's something that the board needs to take into consideration," Neuroth said.
"I know there were plans to have sidewalk on the sides but I'll have to check with the engineer," Thomas said. "We presented our plans to the state and they are happy with the raised curb and raised sidewalk (along Milwaukee St.)."
A question from the board was about curbside parking. According to Building Official Scott Olesen there is no requirement for curbside parking for CBDs. "They have more than adequate parking and I think it's going to be real nice," Olesen added.
The board approved the request for rezoning. The city council will consider the issue Feb 19.