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Public hearing on plan to open bar at Glidden Crossing

Published: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 4:41 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 11:05 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – A developer wants to add a bar to the Glidden Crossing shopping center, but will have to change an agreement with the city of DeKalb first.

Representatives of the developer, Glidden Station LLC, say there is an unnamed potential tenant who wants to serve food and alcohol and make video gambling available in a store on the property. The shopping center, at 975 S. Annie Glidden Road south of the intersection of Annie Glidden and Malta Road, is anchored by Schnucks.

The DeKalb City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed change at its 6 p.m. Monday meeting.

The annexation agreement the council approved for the shopping center in 2006 prohibits bars or taverns from operating there. Rockford attorney Aaron Szeto has submitted an application to amend the agreement to strike the prohibition.

Schnucks opened their 58,000-square-foot grocery and drug store in the center in December 2007, but the rest of the property has not lived up to the expectations of 6th Ward Alderman Dave Baker.

“I think this will probably be a very important public hearing,” Baker said. “Glidden Crossing has not met the potential I had hoped for, such as the addition of a gas station.”

Baker added he had not decided how he would vote on the proposal.

“At this moment, I don’t have an opinion one way or another,” he said. “I will be listening carefully to residents’ comments.”

The shopping center backs up to the Overlook Pointe subdivision.

Derek Hiland, the city’s principal planner, said the city would receive additional restaurant and bar tax revenue if the business opens. He said gaming terminals could generate about $2,000 per month in revenue to the city.

Hiland said he would recommend approving the change to the agreement.

The council could vote on the matter as early as its first meeting in December. If the change to the annexation agreement was approved, the tenant would have to apply for liquor and gaming licenses.

If you go What: DeKalb City Council meeting with public hearing on the proposed change to the Glidden Crossing annexation agreement When: 6 p.m. Monday. Where: DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. 4th St.

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