Quincy city council approves Shopko lot development, liquor license changes
QUINCY (WGEM) - Possible development at the property that’s home to the former Shopko building can now move forward after Monday night’s city council meeting.
Aldermen voted to sub-divide the property at 3200 Broadway into two parcels.
City planning and development director Chuck Bevelheimer said a developer is looking to buy the lot but only if it was divided up.
Bevelheimer said the land on which the store sits will remain unaffected but an out-lot, roughly one third of an acre, is now set aside.
He said it’s a common practice when it comes to developing big lots.
“We did something very similar with Panda Express in front of Shopko so this is in the very northwest corner of the property,” Bevelheimer said. “It’s kind of ideal for what they are proposing. It doesn’t impact their visibility so I can see why the developer and property owner are looking at this opportunity.”
Bevelheimer said the city is hoping development at the out-lot will spur development at the former Shopko which has been empty since it closed its doors on June 23, 2019.
“Having retail developments of something like 99,000 square feet of space, hopefully redeveloped into another retail use, will be an important milestone of getting through this pandemic as well as removing these vacant properties,” Bevelheimer said.
The city council also approved a new ordinance changing the city’s liquor license system.
Mayor Mike Troup said the biggest change is for bars, restaurants and gaming parlors which are all now separated under different liquor licenses.
Troup said said A1 licenses are required for bars or establishments where liquor makes up 50 percent or more of sales.
He said A2 licenses are needed for restaurants or establishments where food makes up 50 percent or more of sales.
Both A1 and A2 licenses cost $700. Establishments with either license are allowed to operate up to four gaming machines.
When it comes to gaming parlors, establishments where 50 percent, or more of revenue, comes from gaming, Troup said an I2 license is needed. Costing $2,500, the license would allow establishments to pour liquor and operate up to four gaming machines.
Troup said those who want to operate larger gaming parlors would need an I1 license, which costs $10,000, but would allow them to operate six gaming terminals, the current state maximum.
He said the new ordinance gives the city more flexibility when it comes to approving specific operations throughout town.
“We may have an area that would be acceptable for a restaurant, but not necessarily for a bar. There may be other areas where it may be OK for another bar in this part of town,” he said. “There may be areas where it may be OK to have gaming, but we wouldn’t want to have a bar there.”
Troup said the city is also limiting the number of night clubs in the city to six. He said there are currently five in operation.
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