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More developments approved at meeting

Tuesday, November 4, 2003

SIKESTON - More developments within Sikeston were approved Monday during the City Council's regular meeting.

A rezoning request from AG (agricultural open space) to O-1 (office district) for a 3.28 acre tract of land on the north end of Sikeston on the east side of Highway 61 known as the Fairfield Subdivision's 6th Addition was approved along with a subdivision request.

The rezoning and subdivision includes two lots north and one lot south of Columbine Street.

Rezoning and subdivision requests for a 25.78 acre tract on the north end of Sikeston between Dudley Drive and Salcedo east of Highway 61 known as Fuchs Brothers Estates were also approved.

The land will go from AG to C-1 (neighborhood shopping), and the subdivision will extend Plaza Drive.

Council also approved a bill designating and donating .633 acre tract for a street right-of-way in Hartwood Estates. The right-of-way guarantees the extension of Plaza Drive to Salcedo when the Matthews family is ready to develop property in the immediate area.

In other development action:

* A contract for Tax Increment Financing project consulting services was awarded to Peckham, Guyton, Albers and Viets, a St. Louis consulting firm specializing in planning and urban renewal projects which has served as the city's consultant for the 60/61 TIF District since its inception in 2000.

The project proposes to redevelop the former Village Green Shopping Center and the lot north of Southland Drive, according to Bill Green, director of the department of economic development.

The contract is actually an extension of the outstanding contract with PGAV on the 60/61 TIF District, Green said. Under this extension, PGAV will collect data on the area to determine a recommendation for the city.

The contract price is not to exceed $16,000 and was presented as a "pass through" cost to be reimbursed by the developer at no cost to the city.

Council, however, approved the contract contingent on the developer accepting the bid and agreeing to place the $16,000 in a trust up front.

* Developer Scott Matthews asked the Council to reconsider their office district zoning, describing the two-acre limit as "restrictive."

"I think it works against itself," he said, and recommended two acres or one acre be the minimum size.