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Sycamore Plan Commission to consider rezoning old Marathon station

Also will look at development north and west of Motel Road

The Outpost has been vacant since the Marathon gas station moved a block and a half up East State Street in August. Now the owner, Carls Oil, wants to rezone the site to Central Business District zoning, which would open the the range of business types that can go there.
The Outpost has been vacant since the Marathon gas station moved a block and a half up East State Street in August. Now the owner, Carls Oil, wants to rezone the site to Central Business District zoning, which would open the the range of business types that can go there.

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore Plan Commission on Monday will consider a request from Carls Oil Co. to change the zoning of the property at 503 E. State St. from a neighborhood business district to a central business district.

The building at the location used to be a Marathon gas station and the Outpost convenience store.

A new gas station at 439 E. State St. opened in August to fill the void, and the old Marathon has been vacant since. At the time, Carls Oil President Randy Carls said the company wanted have new business at the location.

“We don’t want to see it go dark,” Carls said at the time. “I’m pretty confident that you’ll see something there and functional.”

Rezoning the plot would allow a larger variety of businesses at the location. The current zoning allows businesses such as banks, insurance companies, real estate offices and other professional services, according to the plan commission agenda.

Those businesses would be allowed in the new zoning, plus stores such as gift shops, hobby stores, bookstores and restaurants. The new zoning, also called central business district zoning, would match much of the zoning in downtown Sycamore, as well as adjacent and nearby properties to the old gas station. The only one that is not is the Sycamore Armory.

City staff asked that a favorable recommendation be sent to the City Council.

A workshop item on the agenda also will address a potential new subdivision north and west of Motel Road. In May 2016, the City Council approved a pre-annexation agreement for the 300.99-acre area that would zone the area as rural residential.

“This land use designation was intended to recognize the existence of areas within the city’s mile-and-a-half planning jurisdiction that already have an established rural residential character, and which might see the development of additional, large-acre home sites utilizing individual wells and individual septic tank absorption fields,” according to the meeting agenda. The large lots and homes would provide a natural edge and decrease density as the city moved outward.

The workshop will allow the developer to present the concept plan for the development, include a review of the rural residential classification and review the steps of the development process.

The commission meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of the Sycamore Center at 308 W. State St., Sycamore.

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