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Why are so many lots vacant on Broadway in Quincy?

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

When you drive down Broadway in Quincy, it's hard to miss the vacant store fronts and empty lots.

Why are some of these prime locations not being developed into profitable businesses? Mark Freiburg has been developing commercial property on Broadway in Quincy for years and says he thinks the market is on an upward trend.

"Most of those locations that we have now are all full and I think businesses are starting to expand which results in filling these vacancies," said Freiburg.

But one location he's having a hard time filling is a vacant store in a strip mall near 18th and Broadway.

Freiburg says a major roadblock in filling some store fronts on Broadway is the lack of parking.

"There's not a lot of access to parking. It would be nice if we could get access on Vermont, but the city won't go in that direction.  We're committed to the parking spots that we have. You have to get tenants in there that don't use a lot of parking," said Freiburg.

Quincy City Planner Chuck Bevelheimer says the issue with parking all comes down to zoning. He says that particular strip mall was zoned for retail, which doesn't allocate as many spots as restaurants and causes issues with business owners.

"You have all the neighboring property owners complain to the city that hey I'm in this retail center and I have no parking spaces for my employees or patrons," said Bevelheimer.

Bevelheimer says another reason why there are vacancies all along Broadway is because many of the spaces are highly priced.

"It's very expensive real estate and you pay to be located on Broadway and that's the bottom line," said Bevelheimer.

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